CATHOLICS ASK ISRAELI LEADER TO HELP STOP CHRISTIAN SITES' ATTACKS

PanARMENIAN.Net
February 27, 2012 - 21:27 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - A top Roman Catholic official has taken the rare
step of asking Israel's president to help put an end to attacks on
Christian holy sites, AP reported.

The custodian of holy places in the Holy Land, Pierbattista Pizzaballa,
recalled in his letter sent Sunday, February 26 to President Shimon
Peres that vandals spray-painted "Death to Christians" and "We'll
crucify you" on the Baptist Church in Jerusalem and similar hate
graffiti on a Greek Orthodox monastery in the city.

Pizzaballa wrote that "red lines that must not be crossed have
been crossed" and asked Peres' help to eradicate "this dangerous
phenomenon."

The anti-Christian graffiti is suspected to be the work of Jewish
extremists who have attacked various targets, including Christian and
Muslim holy sites as well as Israeli military equipment, to protest
what they believe to be anti-settler positions by the government.

Peres' office said the president took the appeal "very seriously"
and was working on the matter personally. It said top advisers have
already been in touch with Pizzaballa, and were working with Jerusalem
City Hall and national ministries to prevent further violence against
Christian sites.




From: A. Papazian