Repeated acts of vandalism on Romanian Church monastery in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM - On Monday, March 1, 2021, unknown assailant(s) set fire at the entrance of the monastery of the Romanian Church in Jerusalem close to the religious Jewish orthodox quarter. Still, thanks be to God, the local priest managed to put out the fire quickly.
This act of vandalism is the fourth in a month that targeted the same monastery; according to the authorities, some religious Orthodox Jews are suspected as the probable assailants.
We, Catholic Churches, unite with the Orthodox Churches and all other Christian communities of Jerusalem and strongly condemn such acts of vandalism that offend not only the life of Christians but also of many who still believe in dialogue and mutual respect. These acts are contrary to the spirit of peaceful coexistence among the different religious communities of the City.
All political and religious authorities of the City should unite in condemning these acts so frequent in these last months in Jerusalem. For that reason, we demand the Israeli security authorities investigate these incidents seriously and bring assailants to justice.
These acts and the rationale behind them prove, yet again, that it is necessary and urgent to work to make sure that all educational institutions in the Country educate their pupils on tolerance and respect to other religions, communities, and nations.
We pray to the Almighty for granting wisdom to learn to live alongside each other, respecting each other's dignity and rights.
Jerusalem, March 1, 2021