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Hate Graffiti Sprayed On Jerusalem Church, Extremist Jews Connected To Settlement Movement Suspected

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In this Sept. 4, 2012, file photo, a Catholic monk stands in a doorway of the Latrun Trappist Monastery where Israeli police say vandals spray-painted anti-Christian and pro-settler graffiti and set the monastery's door on fire, in Latrun, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel. After a series of attacks on Christian holy sites in Israel, Roman Catholic church officials recently issued a rare "declaration" calling on Israeli leaders to take action against vandalism and violence.(AP Photo/Oded Ba | AP

JERUSALEM -- Vandals have spray-painted "Death to Christianity" and "Jesus, son of a whore" on a Greek Orthodox monastery in Jerusalem.

The overnight attack on the Monastery of the Cross was the latest in a series of vandalisms of Christian holy sites. Extremist Jews sympathetic to Israel's settlement movement are suspected.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Wednesday the vandals also sprayed "price tag" on the monastery's outer wall – a form of retribution settlers and their sympathizers use in retaliation for acts they consider to be pro-Palestinian.

Extremists have carried out similar "price tag" attacks on other churches, mosques and Israeli military bases.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the defacing of the church.

Israel has 155,000 Christian citizens, less than 2 percent of its nearly 8 million people.

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