Jewish settler vandalism of Christian monasteries

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.


  1. stonyground says

    Looking at history, I would say that Jews have some pretty good reasons for hating Christians. Try reading “Unholy War” by David I Kertzer, for a few thousand examples. Having said that, I really am opposed to the idea that I should bear a grudge because of something that your great great great grand father did to my great great great grandfather, that would just be silly. Not silly enough for the religious to start thinking that it is silly though.

  2. says

    Isn’t it true of any group that has suffered persecution that if they get a bit of power somewhere, they (rather than thinking ‘bloody hell persecution felt bad, so we’ll make sure to be extra nice to out minorities’) immediately rub their hands together, roll up their sleeves and gleefully cry “Wheee! Now it’s my turn!”
    So it goes.

  3. Jared A says

    Wait, you think that historical events are ‘good reasons’ for hating other groups, but don’t think you “should” bear a grudge? If you think what christians did to Jews is bad, you should see what the Romans did to the Gauls.

    I guess that this means every and all people of Gaeloceltic descent have ‘good reasons’ to hate italians.

  4. Anonymouse says

    The Israeli settlers illegally seizing land that’s not theirs are much like the American Teabaggers in mentality.

  5. slc1 says

    Rather fine since Yeshua of Nazareth was a Jew who can hardly be responsible for what some of his followers have done in his name.

  6. says

    It just goes to show that no one religion has a monopoly on hatred.

    And having had the misfortune of meeting some of these settlers, I can assure you that by merely thinking this, I am anti-Semitic and desperately hope that the Palestinians finish what Hitler could not. According to the settlers, that is.

  7. Maverick says

    I think he was saying “there’s something to hold a grudge about, but holding grudges is silly.”

    I’m surprised they went after the Christians. Usually angry settlers go after Muslims. Guess there weren’t any mosques around.

  8. mnb0 says

    Yeah, I think I’ll destroy some IKEA furniture, set some Norwegian oil wells on fire and poison some Danish butter cookies. You know, for my poor ancestors being murdered by Vikings some 12 centuries ago.
    That kind of silly.

  9. kraut says

    I savor the irony that the main supporters of those settlers are to be found among right wing christians.

  10. stonyground says

    My bad too Jared, reading it now, I didn’t really make my point very clearly, sort of contradicted myself too. The thing is, when it comes to bearing grudges for things that happened centuries ago, sadly people often do. So in view of how badly Christians have treated Jews over the centuries, it would be understandable, though wrong, for modern Jews to hate modern Christians for it.

    As others have commented, there would be no end to people claiming to have been wronged in the distant past if we all thought like that.

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