World Bulletin / News Desk
A suspected arson attack damaged a revered Christian shrine in northern Israel overnight, police said Thursday, as a church adviser pointed the finger at Jewish extremists.
The Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha on the shores of the Sea of Galilee is where many Christians believe Jesus fed the 5,000 in the miracle of the five loaves and two fish.
"During the night a fire broke out at the Tabgha church," a police statement said, indicating that police and fire service investigators were examining the scene.
"Graffiti in Hebrew was found on the wall of the church."
The Hebrew graffiti, which was also found on another building within the complex, was part of a typical Jewish prayer which says "idols will be cast out", or destroyed.
According to a report in the AFP, Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said "There's a strong possibility that it wasn’t an accident," Rosenfeld told AFP.
The external atrium was "totally destroyed" in the blaze. "The church, thank God is in good condition," he told AFP.
"We're very happy that nothing happened to the church."
Wadie Abu Nasser, an adviser to the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land, said the apparent arson attack would show its effect throughout the Christian world.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Haziran 2015, 17:38