Police Say Jerusalem Monastery Desecrated

Published February 7, 2012 9:18AM (EST)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say "death to Christians" and other Hebrew-language graffiti has been scrawled on a Greek Orthodox monastery in Jerusalem.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Tuesday that "price tag" was also painted on the monastery in the Valley of the Cross, near Israel's parliament.

The phrase "price tag" refers to retaliation by suspected Jewish extremists for Israeli government actions against settlers.

Such acts originally targeted West Bank mosques but have recently expanded to include a mosque inside Israel, Israeli military bases, and now, a Christian holy site.

Army Radio reported that "Maccabees of Migron" was painted on the monastery, too. Maccabees were ancient Jewish heroes, and Migron is an unauthorized settlement facing a court-ordered evacuation.

By Salon Staff

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