The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land condemns the "latest episode in a series of religious violence, which affects the symbols of the Christian community and beyond".
Last Thursday night, an Armenian restaurant, the Taboon Wine Bar, was attacked in the Christian quarter of Jerusalem. Images of the violence of the assault are shared on Social networks.
The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land condemns the "latest episode in a series of religious violence, which affects the symbols of the Christian community and beyond". Their communicated start by stating the facts.
“Last night a group of Israeli settlers, carrying flags, chanting and shouting, entered the Old City of Jerusalem through the New Gate. Tourists were then sitting in a restaurant, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of the neighborhood until this group started harassing them and destroying the furniture of shops and restaurants located around them. »
The Catholic Ordinaries note that the attack lasted an hour and ended with the arrival of the police. They claim, "This unprovoked violence has instilled fear in shopkeepers and residents of the Christian quarter, as well as in passers-by."
They condemn this attack, "in the street that leads to the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest Christian place in the world, and in the Christian quarter, which is home to many monasteries and churches" and say they are concerned "at the escalation of violence in the Holy City”.
"It is a priority that the political and religious authorities work, according to the responsibility of each, so that the civil and religious life of the city finds greater serenity", they affirm, "we ask the police to apply adequate sanctions for the perpetrators of these acts in order to avoid the repetition of such senseless violence. Jerusalem must remain the city of believers of all faiths and not hostage to radical groups”.