Protesters holding flags as they take part in a protest near Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee, in northern Israel on June 21, 2015, following an arson attack which took place last week. (Photo: Basel Awidat/Flash90)
Thousands of people gathered at the Church of the Multiplication in northern Israel on Sunday to protest the arson attack which took place against the holy site last week.
In the early morning Thursday hours, the church was set on fire and anti-Christian graffiti in Hebrew scrawled on the walls. Political and religious officials from across Israel quickly condemned the attacks, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordering the Shin Bet to launch an investigation and arrest the perpetrators.
No suspects have been arrested as of this time.
Christians from across Israel came together in a show of solidarity near the Sea of Galilee in a national appeal for coexistence.
Shadi Halul, the chairman of the Aramaic Christian Association in Israel called the attacks “abominable…just like any damage to a Jewish holy place would be.”
“We have a shared past and a shared future as well. Those that did this do not represent the Jews and actually hurt the Jews,” Halul stated, as quoted by Walla. “They undermine the Jews’ right to exist here and achieve the opposite result because haters of Israel take advantage of this and use it against the Jews.”
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