Jerusalem church reports suspected ‘price tag’ attack

(JTA) — Staff at the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem reported the spraying of offensive graffiti in Hebrew and the destruction of the church property in a suspected attack by radical Jewish settler sympathizers.

The administrative director of the abbey, Simon Titta, told the Israeli news site Ynet on Friday that the perpetrators spray-painted “the Christians are apes” and “the Christians are slaves” on two cars parked outside the abbey.

In addition, the tires of a car were slashed. On that car, the perpetrators spray-painted in black “Ma’on Farm,” the name of a Jewish outpost near Hebron where Israeli soldiers earlier this week demolished one unlicensed structure.

A spokesperson for Jerusalem District Police said the attack is being investigated.

In February, vandals wrote the words “Price Tag” and derogatory language about Jesus on the walls the Baptist Narkis Street Congregation in western Jerusalem, and slashed the tires of several cars in the area.

Two weeks earlier, the 11th-century Monastery of the Cross Church was similarly vandalized.

“Price tag” is how extremist settlers descrive attacks on Palestinians and Arabs in retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions, or for Palestinian attacks on Jews.