Recently, the Israeli government, in one of its periodic attempts to placate worldwide opposition to its settlement expansion policies, forced some settlers to withdraw because of a court order. The angry settlers retaliated, not against the government, but by vandalizing a Christian monastery and painted the words “Jesus is a monkey” in large orange letters on the outside walls. It is an odd thing to write, when you think about it, because all humans are in a sense monkeys since they are our evolutionary cousins. Why a monkey? Perhaps it was inspired by the recent “Rhesus Christ” incident.
According to the news report, this is not the first time that these extremist Jews have attacked Christian symbols.
In February, two cars and a stone fence at the Valley of the Cross Monastery in Jerusalem were covered with anti-Christian graffiti, and cars’ tires were slashed. The vandals wrote “Jesus drop dead,” “Death to Christians” and “Kahane was right,” calling themselves “The Maccabees of Migron.”
I am not sure how Christians in the US will react if this kind of thing escalates and is reported widely here. I suspect that the Armageddonites (who provide support for the settler expansion because they see it as part of the fulfillment of god’s prophecy that signals the End Times) won’t care because they have their eyes on the main prize and can’t wait to see all the blood of the apostates flowing in the streets when Jesus returns.