Desecration at a cemetery in Beit Gemal
Beit Gemal – A new act of vandalism targeting Christians in Israel in the cemetery of the Salesian Convent of Beit Gemal.
The incident took place in mid-December. Strangers have broken into the cemetery, located 500 meters from the Salesian Monastery in Beit Gemal, near Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem. Several wooden and concrete crosses of the tombs were smashed and thrown to the ground. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Beit Shemesh police were notified on December 30, 2015 and an investigation was subsequently opened.
According to a statement by the Salesians, a similar desecration incident had occurred on September 27, 1981, when strangers smashed thirty wooden crosses.
In March 2014, vandals targeted the monastery of Deir Rafat, where the sanctuary of Our Lady of Palestine is found, near Beit Shemesh. Anti–Christian and anti-American writings were sprayed on the walls of the monastery. The writings bear the hallmark of “price tag”, the Jewish extremist movement.
Latin Patriarchate Media Office