A Trappist monk stands between graffiti reading in Hebrew, “Jesus is a monkey” (L) and “mutual guarantee, Ramat Migron and Maoz Ester” (Photo: AFP/Menahem Kahana)
Ynet reports on the attack. The Latrun Monastery is located west of the green line, about 15 miles from Jerusalem:
Vandals set fire to the entrance door of the Latrun Monastery early Tuesday and spray-painted slogans against the Christian religion on its walls, including names of West Bank outposts and “Jesus is a monkey”.
The Jerusalem District Police launched an investigation into the incident.
The monastery’s wooden door caught fire. The abbot, Father Louie, told Ynet: “At around 3:30 am, a monk sleeping in one of the guest rooms heard a noise, went outside and saw the door burning. He entered our rooms and began shouting and waking us up.
“I went outside and saw the entire door on fire. He put out the fire with an extinguisher we had. If he hadn’t done that, everything would have caught fire.” . . .
The monks appeared very offended by the incident.
“I know there is some tension, but I don’t understand why it has to do with us,” said Father Louie. “We’re Christians and we have nothing to do with it. We try to do everything with love. We are saddened by this incident. It’s a shame that some people are unwilling to live with and accept people who are different.”
Police officials said they viewed the targeting of holy places and religious sites as extremely severe. “We’ll make every effort to bring the criminals to justice,” one of them said.
The police have been preparing for “price tag” actions by extreme right-wing activists, which are usually directed at Palestinians, following the evacuation of the West Bank outpost of Migron in recent days.