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Sea of Galilee Church Where 'Jesus Fed 5,000,' Torched in Suspected Hate Attack


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Evelyn
- 820 days ago - timesofisrael.com
Two injured by smoke inhalation, Hebrew graffiti scrawled at site where Christians believe Jesus fed 5,000 with five loaves and two fish. Right-wing Jewish extremists have in the past carried out numerous arson & graffiti attacks against Christian sites



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MmAway M (501)
Saturday June 20, 2015, 2:29 am
Sadly Noted ~ since I went to the article dear Evelyn I had to put a "BIT" of it here. UMMMM???

Firefighting crews successfully doused the blaze and two people who were in the building suffered minor smoke inhalation.

In an entrance corridor of the building, which is believed by Christians to be the site of Jesus’s miracle of multiplying two fish and five loaves to feed 5,000 people, Hebrew graffiti was found, reading, “the false gods will be eliminated” — a quote from the Aleinu prayer.

No significant damage was inflicted to the church itself, as the fire raged mainly on the roof. Some damage was caused to a book storage room, offices, and an event hall.

The church, which is run by the Catholic Benedictine Order, is best known for its fifth-century mosaics, including one depicting two fish flanking a basket of loaves
 

Evelyn B (62)
Saturday June 20, 2015, 2:31 am
Sea of Galilee church where ‘Jesus fed 5,000,’ torched in suspected hate attack

Two injured by smoke inhalation, Hebrew graffiti scrawled at site where Christians believe Jesus fed 5,000 with five loaves and two fish

By Times of Israel staff June 18, 2015,
A fire broke out at the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee, early Thursday in what police suspect was an arson attack.

Firefighting crews successfully doused the blaze and two people who were in the building suffered minor smoke inhalation.

In an entrance corridor of the building, which is believed by Christians to be the site of Jesus’s miracle of multiplying two fish and five loaves to feed 5,000 people, Hebrew graffiti was found, reading, “the false gods will be eliminated” — a quote from the Aleinu prayer.

No significant damage was inflicted to the church itself, as the fire raged mainly on the roof. Some damage was caused to a book storage room, offices, and an event hall.

The church, which is run by the Catholic Benedictine Order, is best known for its fifth-century mosaics, including one depicting two fish flanking a basket of loaves.

Right-wing Jewish extremists have in the past carried out numerous arson and graffiti attacks against Christian sites, as as well as against Arab property in the West Bank and Jerusalem under the “price tag” slogan.

The term “price tag” is used by Jewish extremists to describe vandalism or attacks typically carried out against non-Jews or their property, ostensibly as retribution for Palestinian attacks or Israeli government actions deemed contrary to settler interests.

Lt. (res.) Shadi Halul, who heads the Christian IDF Officers Forum, told Army Radio Thursday that those responsible for the fire were mistaken if they thought such actions benefit their cause.

“If in this case Jewish zealots are fingered, then, first of all, they clearly don’t represent all the Jews. They’re criminals who should be in prison and not walking around freely.

“If they think this is how they can help themselves and strengthen their own beliefs then I just want to say it only damages their beliefs and damages their justice, and the justification for their being here in this land.”

Halul added that that for the many tourists who visit the site every year, such an incident presents exactly the opposite of the image of coexistence and democracy that Israel wants to project to the world.

Chief Superintendent Ran Levi of the Tiberias Police told Army Radio that police were alerted to the incident at 4.00 a.m. on Thursday morning.

There were 12 volunteers in the building at the time, and they attmepted to contain the flames, Levi said. Two of them were hospitalized after suffering from smoke inhalation and then later released.

As for suspects, Levi said it was too early to make any suggestions. “We are really at the beginning of the process and we still don’t have any leads,” he said.

Christian churches have been targeted in suspected extremist Jewish attacks several times in recent years.

In May 2014, the Romanian Orthodox Church on Hahoma Hashlishit Street in Jerusalem was defaced in a suspected hate attack.

That incident saw the words “price tag,” “Jesus is garbage” and “King David for the Jews,” spray-painted on the site’s walls.

Two weeks earlier, ahead of a visit to the country by Pope Francis, suspected Jewish extremists daubed hate graffiti on Vatican-owned offices in Jerusalem.

The Hebrew-language graffiti, reading “Death to Arabs and Christians and those who hate Israel,” was sprayed on the walls of the offices of the Assembly of Bishops at the Notre Dame center, a complex just outside the Old City, the Roman Catholic Church said.

Last July, two suspects were arrested on suspicion of a 2012 incident in which vandals torched the door of a Trappist monastery in Latrun, some 10 kilometers (six miles) from Deir Rafat. They also scrawled “Jesus is a monkey” on a nearby wall, shocking the religious and political establishment.

Israeli officials have termed the attacks “terrorism” and vowed to fight the phenomenon, but have so far made few arrests.
 

Evelyn B (62)
Saturday June 20, 2015, 2:32 am
I suppose that someone is going to pop up and inform you that Times of Israel is now an Islamist/ Anti-Semitic site!?
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday June 20, 2015, 2:48 am
Shared on facebook and twittersphere.

I really don't see a positive way through all this carnage, because all the various factions, obviously and naturally, believe they're right, and have the courage of their convictions to carry on, committing all these horrid atrocities.
 

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday June 20, 2015, 1:19 pm

Darren - you may or may not know the answer of the Dalai Lama to the question on a panel discussion: "Your Holiness, which religion is the right on in your opinion"? The Dalai Lama put on this charming smile of his and said calmly: "The right religion is the one that makes you a better person".

It seems to me that this is something the fanatics of all three monotheistic religions still have to learn!

One does not become a better person by torching churches, mosques and synagogues nor does one become a better person by killing others because they have the seemingly "wrong" religion.

See also the event in Charleston. There it was a white man (religion unkown ... funny eh?), here it's Jewish fundamentalists ... next time it will be Muslim fundamentalists. All are extremely learn resistant ... as they're all blinded by hatred.

Incitement is the key word in all cases IMO - of which we have a fair share here on C2 ...


 

Carol R (11)
Saturday June 20, 2015, 1:29 pm
Thanks Evelyn. That someone might be Colleen Harrigan.... our new kitty profile has been spamming all of Jess's articles today, just posting the name of the source on each one, as if that makes the article suspect. I suspect as well she is the same "no photo" posting nonsense on Sam's 18 Cows article. Multiple profiles created at the same time to cover all articles? A sick, obsessed mind....

 

Evelyn B (62)
Saturday June 20, 2015, 1:50 pm
Carol & Eleonora - no more stars in the quota - here's a cascade! **********************************

But Eleonora - quite a number of commentaries (Faux News style) are trying to make the Charleston shootings linked to being Christians .... rather than admit to this being blatantly a racist crime (and stated as such by the perpetrator) ..... Some sick people around (and not only the gun-crazy perp, but also NRA saying if the pastot had allowed his congregation to be armed, maybe there would have been fewer deaths - see Tell the NRA Remove Board Member Who Blamed Pastor for Shooting ~ PETITION ~ PLEASE SIGN!) :>(

But - that's off track.

The subject is hate crimes against religious institutions in the Holy Land .... religions are being targetted, albeit for political extremist purposes .....
 

Dandelion G (380)
Saturday June 20, 2015, 4:02 pm
If it isn't one group or another ruining something of someone else's that they feel is sacred to them or that they are inspired by. No different than what ISIS is doing with antiquities that they feel should go away.

As Rodney King said, "Why can't we all just get along?"

Thanks also for posting the link to the petition. I had already signed it but others might not of seen it yet. Another shake one's head and sigh deeply moment.
 

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday June 21, 2015, 4:42 pm

Just for the heck of it I've read diagonally through quite a number of articles re this shooting today ... and I didn't find any which carried a headline like "Christian slaughters innocent ..." or "Savage Christian guns down ..." or anything similar. What I found though were plenty of articles trying to find excuses in that he is maybe mentally ill or unstable or something in his upbringing or what have you.

It never ceases to amaze me how fast the media and experts are in finding some underlying "reason(s)" as to why this onslaught happened in the first place. Yet on the other hand if a disgruntled person - who also happen to be Muslim - then no excuse is good enough ... even if his whole family was wiped out by a US drone or his whole country was bombed to smithereens ... and ALL of the ~ 2Bio Muslims are held responsible.

That's what doesn't sit right with me at all! Sorry ... off track.

But I'm almost certain if and when the attackers on this church are found then we will learn that they have some mental issues or where part of some fringe group or were misguided youngsters ... but nobody would ever think of talking inventing any of these stories which we find so plenty if Muslims are involved leave alone holding the world Jewry responsible.

Animal Farm anyone??
 

Evelyn B (62)
Sunday June 21, 2015, 11:05 pm
Definitely yet another Animal Farm moment, Eleonora!!
There is no active"Gun Lobby Phobia" movement, nor even a "racismphobia" movement out there ...... Perhaps because those who hate racism & hate the gun lobby mindset don't like manipulation of facts to generate fear and hate ..... we just want human respect, tolerance from all sides?
 

John De Avalon (36)
Monday June 22, 2015, 2:24 am
Yes, I saw that on the news too. The spokesman for the NRA suggested that if the congregation inside the church had had guns with them this would never have happened!!!!! And yes, he pretty much blamed the pastor for having a 'no guns' policy.

I was touched by the dignity and humility shown by the surviving church members.

 

John De Avalon (36)
Monday June 22, 2015, 2:27 am
I'm afraid both these events only serve to underline that when you stir up hatred against people because of their colour, race or creed, it inevitably manifests itself in acts of violence.

"Why can't we all just get along?" ....
 

Cheryl H (91)
Monday June 22, 2015, 4:11 am
Sadly noted. Thanks Evelyn!
 

. (0)
Monday June 22, 2015, 4:39 am
Shocking 😕
 

Birgit W (160)
Monday June 22, 2015, 12:34 pm
Sad. Hate does not solve any problems. Thanks for sharing Evelyn.
 

Dotti L (85)
Monday June 22, 2015, 1:12 pm
Noted. I believe that the only thing I hate is HATE.
 

Stardust Noel (38)
Monday June 22, 2015, 1:28 pm
Sad when people take hate out on churches.Sounds like their dignity & humility was quite like the Charleston's remaining members, pity all humankind can't be like them.
 

Janet B (0)
Monday June 22, 2015, 1:57 pm
Thanks
 

Kate Kenner (215)
Monday June 22, 2015, 2:37 pm
It's always extremists and not the country or the religion or some other cause;still I wish there was no religion as many evil things are done under its guise. Jesus was just a Jew with different ideas. I'm pretty sure he would not be happy with what has gone on since his death.
 

marie C (163)
Monday June 22, 2015, 5:26 pm
Yes Kate some times when I hear of tsunamis earthquakes etc I think is it the wrath of God ???
So much anger sadness cruelty and destruction in the world so many of you have said quote "Why can't we just get along" if only
Carole's comment upsets me to think there is someone so disturbed amongst us I can understand passionate because many threads touch sensitive spots but this person can not be justified
 

Past Member (0)
Monday June 22, 2015, 9:18 pm
I hope Israel finds the b**ards and punish them for their barbarity, be they Jews, or Arabs.

"As for suspects, Levi said it was too early to make any suggestions. “We are really at the beginning of the process and we still don’t have any leads,” he said. "

 

Evelyn B (62)
Tuesday June 23, 2015, 2:28 am
There are official positions taken by the government on these sick "price tag" attacks, identifying as "terrorism" - but when the catch the perpetrators (usually not difficult, since they are not at all ashamed of their acts), application of due punishment is a different matter - few if any condemnations in line with the "terrorism" category. Too unpopular with the extremist right wing & extremists settler groups from among which the perps usually come?

Rather like Roof in Charleston - with the judge calling for sympathy with his family ("also victims here"); & the NRA Board member who plamed the pastor because, had he allowed guns in the church there might have been fewer deaths ...... Playing down the seriousness of such events, & using them to promote political interests .......
 

pam w (139)
Tuesday June 23, 2015, 9:21 am
Religion ruins EVERYTHING.
 

David B (34)
Tuesday June 23, 2015, 10:56 am
and I say again , if we didn't have any religion , think how much better off the world would be . so much less hatred and violence. ah well most are too cowardly to even consider that route . then they wouldn't have their crutch to lean on and the excuse to use .
 

Evelyn B (62)
Tuesday June 23, 2015, 11:46 am
Is it "religion" (sets of values & principles) or is the problem with the institutionalisation of religion, which establishes a power frame around a specific religion or religious movement ... and becomes politicised, imposing one religious institution above all others?

So often, I find the underlying principles of different religions are very close to each other - they propose values of respect for others, how to coexist in a harmonious way (with others, but also with the world around us) .... but the institutions betray these principles. They introduce a divisiveness that increases the power & influence of the institutional leaders ..... and how often these leaders then conflate their own interests with the religion???? That's where hatred, violence, greed all colour the religion and shape those who listen to the leaders ...
 

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Tuesday June 23, 2015, 2:28 pm

Hi Evelyn - can only second what you say in your comments of June 23, 2015, 2:28 am and 11:46 am.

I especially agree with your last paragraph - how often have we said this and how often have we provided the supporting evidence? Countless times. It always boils down to using institutionalized religionS (!) in order to camouflage the personal power hunger, greed and the attempt at hegemony.

David - at a first glance your statement is correct ... yet when I see the hatred exuded by atheist I have serious doubts that "religion" per se is the reason. It's always the narrow-mindedness and intolerance which creates separation to downright hatred of the "other". This coupled with a lack of education in the wider sense always without failure creates what we can sum up in "hatred of the other". Always!
 
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