Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said that the church torching is a heinous crime & an “attack on us all…Freedom of worship is one of Israel’s cornerstones,” the prime minister said. “Hatred & intolerance have no place in our society.”
A fire broke out Wednesday night at a major Catholic pilgrimage church on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in what police have determined was arson. Police were investigating whether the arson was a hate crime on the part of extremist Jews.
5th century church set on fire in suspected hate crime, June 2015 – Ynet/Avihu Shapira
A member of the Roman Catholic Benedictine order, which manages the site, said one of the buildings within the compound was completely destroyed in the blaze but the church itself was not damaged. Continue Reading »
Two Palestinians were detained for the theft of a mezuza from the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron on Friday.
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Mezuzah – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
Border Police are still looking for more suspects.
The two men were picked up because they were near the cave at the time of the theft. According to the Border Police, they were also seen on a security video of the site.
Friday’s incident follows one that occurred two weeks ago in which three mezuzot were stolen.
Jews & Jewish institutions continued to be principal targets, accounting for 63% of all religion-based hate crimes, attesting that anti-Semitism is still a serious & deeply entrenched problem in America.
The release of the FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics Act (HCSA) report indicated a promising new trend in America, with overall hate crimes overall falling by 6 percent in 2011. However, despite the improvement, anti-Jewish hate crimes still remain disproportionately high, the report found.
According to the report, there were 6,222 hate crimes in the U.S. in 2011 with 1,480 religious hate crimes, down 3.4 percent from 2010. Continue Reading »