Jewish settlers have attacked and vandalized the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. They caused extensive damage to the church property, and attempted to occupy a room belonging to the church.
The attack caused excessive damage to the church property, while priests and church officials called the police, who later came to the church and were shown the damage.
The attack comes less than a month after archaeologists, in what is being hailed as a major discovery, opened up a burial chamber at the Church were the actual tomb of Lord Jesus Christ existed. It also comes after the raising of an Israeli flag above the church, an incident which took place at the end of October 2016 and which resulted in protests from the Christian community.
Many Christians in the West are unaware of it, but a longstanding hostility toward the Christian faith is pervasive in Jewish culture. Whether the attack on the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is in any way connected to recent discovery of the tomb is unclear, but certainly the discovery made a big splash in the news.
The Nativity TV in Bethlehem has also published a video of the attack’s aftermath, showing a Greek Orthodox priest talking to Israeli police officers while inspecting the damage. The video also shows illegal settlers in their outpost right above the building, with the Israeli flags raised above it.