Jewish suspect arrested for hate crime

Jewish suspect arrested for vandalising famous Dormition Abbey church in Jerusalem

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

An Orthodox monk cleans graffiti from a door of the Greek Orthodox Seminary, located next to the Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion in Jerusalem's Old City January 17, 2016

Israeli police have arrested a Jewish youth suspected of vandalising the walls of a famous Jerusalem monastery with hate slogans on Wednesday.

Two days after the vandalism was discovered on Sunday at the Dormition Abbey, the 16 year old was arrested, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Wednesday.

Nikodemus Schnabel, the Dormition Abbey spokesman, said the messages were “very radical,” some slogans included “Death to the Christians” and “Revenge for Israel”.

It’s an arrest in a case involving Jewish extremist vandalism on Christian property. 

The monastery had been damaged several times in recent years by the same groups who are believed to be involved in price tag attacks.

TRTWorld, AP