A fire broke out at the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee, early Thursday. Firefighting crews successfully doused the blaze and two people who were in the building suffered minor smoke inhalation.
In an entrance corridor of the building, which is believed by Christians to be the site of Jesus’s miracle of multiplying two fish and five loaves to feed 5,000 people, Hebrew graffiti was found, reading, “Pagans.”
The church, which is run by the Catholic Benedictine Order, is best known for its fifth-century mosaics, including one depicting two fish flanking a basket of loaves.
In recent months, other attacks were perpetrated against Christian sites or mosques and investigations were not followed up. Given the seriousness of these incidences, we demand immediate investigation and the perpetrators of this acts of vandalism be brought to justice." The Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land
Israeli officials have termed the attacks “terrorism” and vowed to fight the phenomenon, but have so far made NO arrests.