Thursday, July 06, 2017

Conviction and acquittal in church arson case in Israel

THE CHURCH OF THE LOAVES AND FISHES: Israeli found guilty of church arson attack (Middle East Monitor).
Yinon Reuveni set light to the Church of Multiplication at Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee, a site where Christians believe Jesus performed the miracle of the loaves and the fishes. Another defendant, 21-year-old Yehuda Asraf was acquitted of all charges in court.

Although the Catholic church’s 5th century mosaic floor was not damaged, “Idols will be cast out or destroyed” was daubed on the walls. The church reopened in February after renovation costing $1 million.
The arson attack happened in June of 2015. I noted it here and here, and noted the arrests here and here. Another post on the story is here.

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