Attack on a church near Bethlehem: An "unprecedented phenomenon"


Videos of the attack on the church in Beit Sahur, near Bethlehem in Israel, are circulating on social media.

Friday evening, the Orthodox church of Beit Sahur, near Bethlehem in Israel, was attacked. the The Jerusalem Post reported dozens of Muslims throwing stones at the church and deplored several injuries.

According to church leaders, the attack came after a "quarrel between some young men". "We condemn this attack and demand that the Palestinian Authority bring the attackers to justice as soon as possible," they said in a statement.

For Archbishop Atallah Hanna of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, this is an “unprecedented phenomenon”.

“What happened on Friday night in Beit Sahur distorts the image of our people and harms civil peace and the good relations that unite us as sons of the Palestinian people. The Church is not a place to settle scores, foment sedition and undermine the unity of our people. What happened in Beit Sahur was horrible. »


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