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Jewish extremists blamed for vandalism of Protestant graves in Jerusalem

More than 30 graves at the Protestant Cemetery on Mount Zion were desecrated on Sunday. Crosses were broken and headstones toppled and smashed, the BBC reports.

by gary cartwright
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Jewish extremists have been blamed for the vandalism.

“We have noticed that hatred speech and hatred crimes are on the rise,” Anglican Archbishop Hosam Naoum said.

Standing next to the vandalised grave of the second Anglican bishop of Jerusalem, Samuel Gobat, he said there had been a recent increase in spitting at Christians and attacks on their holy sites.

“This is only an indication that we are not in a place where people can tolerate each other or accept each other,” Archbishop Naoum added.

“We see more exclusion, more segregation and that is what really grieves us in this city of Jerusalem. This really shows a clear hate crime towards Christians in Jerusalem which we absolutely reject and condemn,” he added.

Two unidentified men broke into Jerusalem’s Protestant Mount Zion Cemetery and desecrated more than 30 graves on Sunday, local media reported.

Security footage circulated on social media shows one man of Orthodox Jewish appearance entering the graveyard, pushing over a cross-shaped tombstone and smashing it with rocks with the help of a second man.

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