Friday, June 19, 2015

Church where Jesus fed 5,000 hit by arson, graffiti: 'Idols will have their heads cut off'

A church in Tabgha, Israel, on the Sea of Galilee where the Christian faith points to Jesus feeding his flock of 5,000 followers with fives loaves of bread and two fish was hit by arsonists, authorities said,

Church of the Multiplication
The Church of the Multiplication, which is overseen by Benedictine monks, was destroyed on the inside. Much of the roof was consumed by flames, too, CNN reported.

Graffiti written in red Hebrew letters on a wall outside said: "Idols will have their heads cut off."

Israel has condemned the arson.

"The state of Israel safeguards the freedom of worship of all faiths and completely rejects any and all attempts to harm it," said Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, in a statement.

She also vowed the perpetrators would be caught.

CNN reported police detained 16 Jewish juveniles for questioning, but released them all.

The Roman Catholic structure is located in one of the most significant sites for Christians, near the waters the New Testament records Jesus as walking on and also by the famous Sermon on the Mount.

Interestingly enough, the portion of the church that contains the rock where Jesus is said to have placed the five loaves of bread and two fish he then distributed – along with his disciples – to the 5,000 or so assembled before him was not damaged by fire, CNN reported.

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