Once again, Jewish vandals have desecrated a major Christian church, the renowned Church of the Dormition in Jerusalem. Graffiti on the walls of the Christian abbey scribbled in Hebrew “Death to Christian heathens, enemies of Israel”, and “Christians Can Go to Hell” and nasty references to Jesus.

The sickness of our youth who persist in destroying the image of our country as a sanctity of tolerance for all religions must be wiped out immediately along with wiping off the rotten graffiti.

These lunatic fringe Jewish youth should refer to our Declaration of Independence which assures equality, protection and respect for all religious faiths and communities in the State of Israel.

In spite of it, the hate against Christians and Muslims goes unchecked. For our police and security services, these horrific acts are considered minor in comparison to the greater threat of terrorist activity. And thus, no strong effort is made to locate and punish the perpetrators.

Our Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, has used the oft-repeated words of government officials…
“zero tolerance”.

Words are meaningless unless followed up by sincere efforts to end the tag m’chir criminal gang.

In this regard, I see zero effort. The Christian clergy are cordial and friendly to Israel. The Greek Orthodox clergy encourage their young men to enlist in the IDF or to perform national service in order to be more fully integrated into Jewish society.

The Christians in Israel, Arab Christians, Armenian Christians, Greek Orthodox Christians and members of the Latin Church are not enemies of our country. They seek only to worship in the land where their Jewish savior, Jesus of Nazareth, was born. They avoid politics and political parties and often extend humanitarian aid to those in need, regardless of religion, faith or creed… following in the tradition of the New Testament’s references to the good Samaritan.

Many Israeli Jews can remember their lives in Christian countries and the names that were hurled at them in hate when they were seen in public places:

Jude, jood, pieskrew zyd, evrei, judio, jew-boy, kike, sal juif, jew bastard, and more in the countless tongues of the non-Jews among whom they lived. Words hurt and too often words kill.

Could we restrain our anger if our synagogues were painted “death to the Jews” “Hitler should have killed more of you”, “Jews are Christ-killers”, “Jews use Christian blood to bake their matza”, etc. ?

We would rise up as one people, one united nation, in pursuit of the criminals who performed these dastardly acts.

Why then, does the desecration of non-Jewish holy places in our “land of tolerance” continue unabated?

I have repeatedly called for more police activity in the area of the large churches to prevent further damage and renewed and sincere efforts to find and to punish the guilty.

“Remember the alien among you, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt”.
These words are inscribed in our prayerbooks and in our Pesach haggadot. They are an intrinsic part of our Declaration of Independence which assures equality to all faith and religious communities, not just to the Jews but to all Christians, all Muslims, all Druze and all Circassians.

The nation of Israel must arise and proclaim in unison, “We will not tolerate religious hate in our country”.

Until we hear those words and witness more police protection of non-Jewish religious institutions. Erdan’s “zero tolerance” simply equals “zero effort”.