The Higher Presidential Committee of Churches (HPCC) yesterday strongly condemned the ‘terrorist attack’ on a church in the Galilee region.
Settlers on Thursday 18 burned down part of a church built on the site where Christians believe Jesus performed a miracle by feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
This arson attack was widely condemned inside and outside of Israel. However, settler attacks on Christian and Muslim holy sites have ‘continued and increased under the watch of the new, right-wing Israeli government’, said HPCC in its condemnation of the attack.
In addition to starting fires, settlers spray painted ‘hate speech’- a verse from a Hebrew prayer denouncing the worship of a ‘false god’- on the church walls in an act of vandalism.
HPCC said: “The historical church, known as the site where Jesus Christ multiplied fish and loaves of bread, was torched in a vicious attack as a direct consequence of the calls for recognition of Israel as a ‘Jewish State’ and Jerusalem as the eternal and undivided capital of the Jewish people.
“The culture of impunity that has been granted to Israel has allowed Israeli extremists to escalate their racist attacks against Palestinians and degrade our holy sites without any legal accountability”.