|Zionist vandals spray-paint anti-Christian graffiti ahead of Pope Francis visit||
Zionist vandals were able to spray-paint anti-Christian graffiti on a Jerusalem church on Friday, despite the fact that the Israeli police have stepped up security around religious sites ahead of a visit by Pope Francis later this month.
"Price tag... King David for the Jews... Jesus is garbage" was spray-painted in Hebrew on the wall of St George's, a Romanian Orthodox church near an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, AFP reported.
"Price tag" is a euphemism for hate attacks by Zionist extremists.
“Death to Arabs” was found written on a house in the Old City in East Jerusalem, and swastikas were scrawled on the wall of a west Jerusalem apartment.
The attacks on Christian property come amid a rise in anti-Arab property crimes. Israeli ministers held an emergency meeting on Wednesday, pledging to enforce harsh measures against perpetrators.
Although police have recently made scores of arrests, there have historically been few arrests and fewer prosecutions for price tag attacks, and the government has come up under mounting pressure to authorize the Shin Bet internal security agency to step in.
Israeli media on Friday reported that police and Shin Bet feared Jewish right-wing extremists would try to attract media attention by attacking Christian sites ahead of the Pope's visit to the region, scheduled to begin on May 24 in Jordan.
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