Vandals scrawl graffiti on Jerusalem Baptist church

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 20, 2012 3:09 AM
Vandals scrawl graffiti on Jerusalem Baptist church

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Vandals daubed "Death to Christianity" on a Jerusalem church Monday in the second such attack in the holy city this month, police said.

The words "Price Tag," a slogan used by ultranationalist Jewish settlers, were also scrawled on the walls of the Baptist Narkis Street Congregation in a quiet residential neighborhood in Jewish west Jerusalem.

"Officers are investigating a strong possibility of a (Jewish) nationalist motive but no one has been apprehended yet," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

The graffiti also included profanity about Jesus, and the vandals slashed the tires of several cars parked in the church compound.

The "Price Tag" term refers to retribution settlers say they will exact for any attempt by the Israeli government to curb settlement in the occupied West Bank, an area Palestinians seek as part of a future state.

Two weeks ago, similar graffiti was scrawled on the 11th-century Monastery of the Cross which is also in west Jerusalem but no suspect have been arrested, Rosenfeld said.

"Price Tag" attacks have targeted mosques, Palestinian homes and Israeli military installations in the occupied West Bank.

(Writing by Ori Lewis, Editing by Jeffrey Heller)