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Charges Dropped and File Closed in Latrun Monastery Attack

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

In September 2012, vandals painted graffiti and vandalized a monastery in Latrun.

At the time, speculation went wild as to who did it, and of course, settlers were immediately blamed, despite the lack of evidence.

In July 2013, Moshe Orbach, a 22 year old man from Givot HaShomron was arrested and held for 9 days, accused of the crime.

But for the past year and half the police investigation went nowhere.

On Thursday all charges against Orbach were dropped and his file officially closed, after police found no evidence that actually linked Orbach to the crime.

Orbach’s lawyer from Honeinu said this is yet another example of an irresponsible police fishing expedition that led nowhere, except to more false arrests instigated by political and media pressure.

Orbach is considering suing the police for false arrest.

Rare 800 Yr Old Christian Monastery Seal Discovered in Jerusalem

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

A rare 800-year-old Christian monastery lead seal was discovered in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Bayit Ve’Gan, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced Tuesday.

The seal – or bulla, as it is known in Latin – was found during an excavation in the summer of 2012 at the Horbath Mizmil archaeological dig, and has since been identified as belonging to the Saint Sabas monastery. The site was abandoned at the end of the Byzantine period and resettled during the Crusader period (11-12 CE) and reached maximum population during the Mamluk period (13-15 CE). Artifacts discovered during the excavations reflected daily life in a farmstead there – and the seal.

S. Sabas – or Mar Saba, in Syriac – was an important leader among the Christian monasteries during the Byzantine period in the area of the Judean Desert.

The seal bears an inscription for Mar Saba, the saint, in Greek, with his likeness, on one side, and a second inscription attributing the item to the saint’s largest monastery, the ‘Great Laura’ during the Byzantine period in the Jerusalem area. The two parts of the seal, which are meant to be pressed together, are connected by a single thread.

Dr. Yuval Baruch, IAA regional archaeologist for Jerusalem and surrounds, presented the unique find to the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, who noted its importance for the history of Christianity in the Holy Land and its significance for archaeological research.

Monastery near Beit Shemesh Vandalized With Anti-American Epithets

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

A Catholic monastery near Beit Shemesh was vandalized sometime before Tuesday morning with anti-American and anti-Christian epithets, and the tires of four vehicles also were slashed.

“America is Nazi Germany” and “Price Tag — Peace Agreement,” as well as “Jesus is a monkey” and “Mary is a cow,” were spray painted on the walls of the monastery, located in an Arab village near Beit Shemesh.

Jerusalem police are investigating.

Price tag refers to the strategy adopted by extremist settlers and their supporters to exact retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions or Arab attacks on Jews.

Other monasteries in the area have been victims of suspected price tag attacks in the past. 

Jerusalem Area Monastery Damaged in ‘Price Tag’ Attack

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Another “price Tel Aviv” attack against a Christian monastery was discovered Wednesday morning in what may be a case of one or two right-wing vandals who have repeatedly caused damage to Christian property as well as Israel’s image.

A firebomb was thrown at the Beit Gemal Monastery, which caused minor damage, according to police, and the words “price tag,” were spray-painted on the wall of the monastery.

The police unit for nationalist crimes is investigating the vandalism.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/jerusalem-area-monastery-damaged-in-price-tag-attack/2013/08/21/

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