World Bulletin / News Desk
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry on Thursday called on both the Vatican and the international community to protect Islamic and Christian places of worship from what it described as "Jewish extremism."
The ministry's appeal came shortly after Israeli settlers reportedly torched a Christian religious school in West Jerusalem.
"We strongly condemn this act," the ministry said in a statement. "Yesterday a mosque near Bethlehem was torched and today a church in Jerusalem [was attacked]."
Extremist Jews, it asserted, continued to attack Muslim and Christian places of worship while the Israeli government did nothing to stop them.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry blamed the Israeli government for the attacks, calling on the Vatican, the international community and the UN to help protect religious sites.
The Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine, Theophilos III, also denounced on Thursday what he called "repeated" attacks on Christian and Muslim places of worship in the Palestinian territories by extremist Jewish settlers.
"The targeting of churches and mosques is caused by pervasive racism and hatred," he said in a statement.
Theophilos III said Christians represented an "integral part" of the Holy Land, its history and its future, going on to assert that the Greek Orthodox Church was one of the world's most important churches.
"Criminals won't intimidate this church or its flock," he declared.
He called on government agencies to address repeated settler attacks on places of worship.
Earlier Thursday, Jewish settlers set fire to a room in a Christian school in West Jerusalem, which they also sprayed with anti-Christian graffiti.
On Wednesday, Jewish settlers set fire to a mosque near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, which they also covered with anti-Arab and anti-Muslim graffiti, according to a Palestinian official.
Several instances of settler attacks on Muslim houses of worship have been reported recently, both in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and in the self-proclaimed Jewish state itself.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Şubat 2015, 15:06