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Church of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem vandalized

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos issued a statement regarding the vandalism at the chapel of the Church of the Holy Spirit, in Jerusalem.

However, the statement comes a week too late, characteristic of the way foreign affairs are taking a back seat to other issues the government deals with.  The statement as issued says:

“Greece strongly condemns the acts of vandalism carried out at the chapel of the Holy Spirit on Sion hill in Jerusalem, on 12 February, by a group of extremists. Any act of vandalism of sites of pilgrimage or holy sites anywhere in the world is abhorrent.
The Greek government is convinced that the Israeli authorities will do whatever is possible to find and arrest the perpetrators.
Greece has a strong interest in the Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Patriarchate’s foundations.”

Religious vandalism has been on the rise in Israel over the last few years, perpetrated mainly by Muslim and Jewish adolescents, aimed at the monuments, temples, holy sites, as well as the cemeteries of other communities.