A series of attacks against mainly Christian sites in Israel has sparked protest marches in Jerusalem and Haifa.
The hate crimes which include death threats and sacred monuments being defaced with graffiti are thought to be the work of fringe Jewish radicals.
Members of the Christian community believe the attackers are trying to poison the atmosphere ahead of a visit by Pope Francis later this month.
Church leaders who are dismayed at the display of intolerance are urging Israel to crack down on the vandals.
“Who is behind the violence ? Are the attacks the work of isolated individuals, who instructs them in this bad education, how could it be that they don’t catch the perpetrators?” asked Archbishop Fouad Twal who is Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem:
A Catholic monastery near Jerusalem is the latest to be targeted. The attacks have become known as “price tags”- referring to ultra-nationalists making the Israeli government “pay” for any curbs on Jewish settlement building on Palestinian land.
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