Patriarch of Jerusalem condemns church attack

Patriarch of Jerusalem condemns church attack

The 141st Patriarch of Jerusalem has described another attack on a Jerusalem church as a "terrorist act."

His Beatitude Theophilos III, made the comments following an incident at a Romanian Orthodox Church in Jerusalem.

Video footage shows assailants attempting to gain entry by smashing a lock to the front gate of the church and destroying its CCTV cameras. The incident occurred on the evening of 2 February at the Romanian Orthodox Church in the Musrara neighbourhood of Jerusalem. It follows an arson attack on a church in the Garden of Gethsemane in December.

The most senior Christian leader in Jerusalem also condemned "the failure of official authorities to deal with the acts.

Commenting on the attack Anita Delhaas, Chief Executive of the International Community of the Holy Sepulchre, which helps promote and protect the churches of the Holy Land, said in a statement: "the international Christian community must come together to present a unified voice in condemning such actions." 

She added that such incidents "only reinforce the idea for many Christians that the Holy Land is an increasingly intolerant place for them to live in and encourages many to permanently leave the region in search of more tolerant societies."