Jerusalem monastery vandalized with anti-Christian graffiti

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Benedictine monastery in Jerusalem was vandalized with anti-Christian graffiti.

The graffiti was discovered on Dormition Abbey, located on Mount Zion in the Old City of Jerusalem, on Saturday night, according to reports.

The anti-Christian graffiti written in Hebrew included: “Christians to Hell;”  “May his name be obliterated;” and “Death to the heathen Christians the enemies of Israel.”

It is not the first time that the abbey has been targeted. Anti-Christian graffiti was painted on the abbey’s walls in 2013 and 2012. Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the abbey during a visit in 2014.

A police investigation has been opened into the incident.

The abbey is believed to be the site where the Virgin Mary died. It is located next to the site considered to be the tomb of King David.

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