Armed Palestinians attack Christian holy site in West Bank: report

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Over the weekend, a group of Palestinians attacked Christian holy sites in the West Bank, causing extensive damage, according to media reports.

In Sunday night's attack on Jacob's Well near Nablus, Palestinians from the Balata refugee camp in the city of Shechem were armed with guns, incendiary devices and stones, sources told Israeli news agency Tazpit news agency. .

“Nablus is controlled by the Palestinian Authority, which has failed to support the Christian community or stop the disturbing pattern of violence against Christians,” Elias Zarina told TPS.

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Orthodox priests walk outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank. Christians believe that Jesus Christ was born in this church on the eve of Orthodox Christmas. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Irian)

Zarina is the co-founder and community manager of Jerusalem Initiative, a Jerusalem-based nonprofit organization that encourages the integration of Arab Christians into Israeli society.

The monastery's custodian, Father Iustinos, 80, of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, was not injured, but was traumatized by the violence, the news agency said.

Local leaders said attacks by Palestinians on Christian strongholds were common.

Dr. Naim Khoury, founder of Bethlehem's First Baptist Church, told TPS: “This is nothing special. There are many examples like this everywhere these days, and unfortunately in Jerusalem.” . “The whole situation is very unstable and people are unhappy with the situation. People should pay attention and see what is going on. There is no way Christians would abuse mosques. , which we know very well.”

The nuns visit the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank. Christians here believe that Jesus Christ was born on the eve of Orthodox Christmas. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Irian)

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According to TPS, the premises attacked on Sunday night were purchased by the Biblical Patriarch Jacob based on the Christian faith and based on the New Testament.

In 1908, construction began on a small Christian complex, including a church and a monastery. Due to financial reasons and other reasons, construction was only completed in the 1990s.

The alleged attack comes as Israel and Hamas continue fighting in the Gaza Strip after the terrorist group attacked an Israeli community on October 7.



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