Palestinians impeded arson attack on Jerusalem church
Published: 09:13 PM, 5 December 2020
The Palestinians thwarted an arson attack by an Israeli settler on an East Jerusalem church, the Gethsemane Church, by putting out the fire and capturing the perpetrator on Friday, according to local sources.
Wafa News Agency quoted eyewitness Hamza Ajjaj, who described what he saw. “We saw the church guard following a religious Jewish guy who seems to have taken advantage of the COVID-19 restrictions and tried to burn the church’s wooden benches," the agency reported him saying. Four local Palestinians followed him and stopped him while others put out the fire. Police later arrived and took the suspect away.
Bishop William Shomali of the Latin Patriarchate in Jordan condemned the incident.
“For a radical Jewish person to try and burn a church that is close to the hearts of all Christians is painful and disgusting,” he told Arab News. “This criminal act is happening at the time of the inauguration of our new patriarch. This is hurtful to all those who work on reconciliation between people and religions.”