Church where Jesus performed miracles is graffitied and set on fire [Video]

Anyone else find this suspicious and the timing convenient? While a delegation of 100 German industry leaders is preparing for a trip to Israel to meet with top business people in an extraordinary show of support for the Jewish state, marking 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, this happens to a German owned Christian holy site. Is it out of the realm of possibility that two other scenarios should be looked at? That Marxists are pitting Christians, Jews and Muslims against each other, or that having had enough of the Pope’s Marxism, certain Jews are striking out? Of course, I guess it could be Jewish extremists, but Christians and Jews have always revered each other and called each other friends. It would be an extreme minority who would condone such actions. I hope Netanyahu catches those responsible. And if anyone believes these actions are beyond the subtleties of Muslim strategies is simply not dealing in reality. This breaks my heart.

The Galilee church where Jesus was believed to have performed the miracle of
feeding 5,000 has been set alight in an arson attack.

Hebrew graffiti was also scrawled across the walls of Church of the Multiplication
of the Loaves and Fish which denounces the worship of ‘false gods’.

From the Daily Mail:

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The Galilee church where Jesus was believed to have performed the miracle of feeding the 5,000 has been set alight in a suspected arson attack.

Hebrew graffiti was also scrawled across the walls of Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish which denounces the worship of ‘false gods’.

An adviser to the Catholic Church has now blamed Jewish extremists for the ‘deplorable’ attack after Israeli police said there is a ‘strong possibility’ the fire was started deliberately.

The current structure was built on the remains of a fifth-century Byzantine church at Tabgha on the shores of the Sea of Galilee – where many Christians believe Jesus fed 5,000 followers with just five loaves and two fish.

Police confirmed there was extensive damage to both inside and outside the building after the fire broke out in the middle of last night.

A monk and a church volunteer were hospitalised from smoke inhalation, but the incredibly, the prayer area was unaffected.

The nationalist crimes unit of the Israeli police’s West Bank settlement division is now investigating the incident.

Father Gregory Collins, head of the Order of Saint Benedict in Israel, which maintains the site, said more than 5,000 people visit the church daily. He said the church would be closed for the next three days due to the fire damage.

‘It’s deplorable, absolutely deplorable. I consider such an attack to be not just an attack on a religious site, on a sanctuary, but also on one of the most visited places in Israel,’ Collins said.

‘It is also an attack on freedom of speech, democracy and the right to live here.’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the incident and ordered the head of Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency to ‘to conduct a full and speedy investigation.’

‘This morning’s outrageous arson attack on a church is an attack on us all. In Israel freedom of worship is one of our core values and is guaranteed under the law,’ Netanyahu said.

‘Those responsible for this despicable crime will face the full force of the law. Hate and intolerance have no place in our society.’


The church’s Byzantine mosaic floor, and the religious significance of the site, draws thousands of visitors of all faiths each year making one of the most popular stops for Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land.

Father Matthias Karl, a German monk from the church, said a souvenir shop, an office for pilgrims and a meeting room were badly damaged, and bibles and prayer books were destroyed in the fire.

He said: ‘It’s totally destroyed. The fire was very active.’

A passage from a Jewish prayer, calling for the elimination of idol worship, was also found scrawled in red spray paint on a wall outside the church after the arson attack

Wadie Abu Nasser, an adviser to the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land, said the apparent arson attack would reverberate throughout the Christian world.

‘Israel’s global image will be harmed,’ he told Israeli public radio.

‘When you put one and one together, between the graffiti and the arson, you can reach a conclusion regarding the potential suspects.’

Officers had initially arrested 16 Jewish seminary students from West Bank settlements in connection with the fire but all the youths have since been released.


The site is owned by the German Roman Catholic Church, and Berlin’s envoy to Israel Andreas Michaelis said he was ‘shocked’ by the incident.

Shame on the Catholic Church for coming out and declaring the Jews guilty without even a full investigation here. Their behavior is deplorable as well. Give the authorities a chance to find out who actually did this and bring them to justice before attempting to create a global rift between Jews and Christians, claiming that Israel’s global image will be harmed and that putting one and one together it must have been the Jews. Careful… you are beginning to sound anti-Semitic in the extreme. Christians take heed – just as none of us blame all whites for the horrific attack in South Carolina yesterday that saw nine murdered in cold blood in a black Christian church, you would not blame all Jews for either the actions of a few or the machinations of those who would have us at each other’s throats.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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