Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hard times we live in

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A heavy post for this ABC Wednesday, but today H is for horrible hooliganism.
Hateful messages were spray-painted on these walls before the early-rising Trappists rose for morning prayer.
A burning tire then caused the door to catch fire.
The monks discovered and extinguished the fire before it could spread to the beautiful old French monastery of Latrun.

But the shock and anger to all of us, Christians and Jews and all decent Israelis, is much harder to extinguish.


I can only say SORRY! to the Brothers of Latrun.
I am sorry such cowardly acts can happen in my country.

To read about this spreading phenomenon of "price tag" attacks by right-wing extremists in retaliation for the government removing certain settlements in the West Bank, please see the articles in today's Jerusalem Post and Ynet.

The vandalism and even some outright attacks have been against Palestinian property, against our own army bases and police, and now increasingly against easy-target Christian places.
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21 comments:

Reader Wil said...

This hooliganism is not a new phenomenon. Sadly enough these disrespectful people are everywhere in the world. They are cowards because they always come at night, always in groups of two or more people. Good that you are all united to face these hooligans.

Shalom, Dina!

Gemma Wiseman said...

This is horrific! It is low beyond low when churches become targets for hooliganism! No wonder there is a huge outcry! It is an attack against personal beliefs and beautiful art! It doesn't get worse!

Robin said...

Disgusting. I'm ashamed to share citizenship with these pieces of garbage! These hooligans do NOT speak for me!!

SH -ic said...

no words .. just feelings :((

crystal said...

Scary stuff. I hope that together we can all survive these discouraging times.

Robert Geiss said...

It might indeed be the point of time when its wheel is down at the ground, hopefully a turning point as well, rising in hope and peace.
Various writings alike over here as well.
Wishing you all a peaceful day ahead.

Roger Owen Green said...

that is horrible...

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Hels said...

I think right-wing extremists should be gaoled immediately. It is tragic enough to damage historically important architecture. Next time it could be human lives :(

Adullamite said...

The actions of a few do not always reflect the society around them. You need not feel guilty for them.

Chrissy Brand said...

Horrendous- you would hope that anyone who has exoerienced such hatred themselves would have learned and been less rascist.

Greensboro Daily Photo said...


Hard to believe. You wonder what good the vandals think will become of their act!

Mar said...

How horrible...so sorry about that...

VP said...

An act of immemse stupidity!

Trotter said...

Hi Dina! It has been a long absence, but things have been a bit hard: father 95, mother almost 91 doing radiotherapy, wife broke right elbow and I’m consuming some much needed holidays to take care of all this...

Hooliganism everywhere... we are now dealing with fires criminally set...

As far as Blogtrotter Two is concerned, it seems nobody is interested in St. Kitts, so maybe I should try something else. Anyhow, enjoy and have a great week or better a vacation, if still available!!!

eJoops said...

That is terrible.

Hygiene, your comment will be highly appreciated.
Have a great Wednesday

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by from ABC Wednesday, oh dear that is terrible.

J.Rye said...

That's sad and scary.

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chubskulit said...

I wonder why people would do such things.

Hands
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Karl Demetz said...

This is the first time that i agree with all !!!

Petrea Burchard said...

Of this attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Freedom of religion and freedom of worship are among the most basic foundations of the state of Israel."

We are often so sure WE are right that we think that makes others wrong. That kind of thinking immediately makes US the wrong one.

Kay said...

Oh Dina, this is so sad...