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Israeli Police Say Vandals Deface Monastery

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say vandals have spray-painted anti-Christian and pro-settler graffiti on a monastery located on a hilltop overlooking the highway linking Tel Aviv with Jerusalem.

Suspicion fell on Jewish settlers and their supporters who retaliate against anti-settlement measures, generally by attacking Palestinian property, but also by vandalizing Christian sites and Israeli military facilities.

Earlier this week, the government ordered settlers out of two unauthorized enclaves in the West Bank.

A police spokesman said Tuesday that the vandalism at the Trappist monastery in Latrun took place overnight. Some of the graffiti referred to unauthorized settler outposts and one read, "Jesus is a monkey."

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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