Skip to main content

Israeli settler attacks on church sanctities in Palestine continue amid lax international response

The Israeli settlers continue their attacks against Palestinian Muslim and Christian places of worship, the latest of which has been the attempt to set on fire the Church of All Nations in Jerusalem.
Israeli police and firefighters stand at the entrance of the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane in east Jerusalem after an arson attempt, on December 4, 2020. - Israeli police said in a statement they were questioning a 49-year-old suspect who had "poured flammable liquid inside the church", causing damage. (Photo by Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Church of All Nations built on the land of Gethsemane in East Jerusalem survived Dec. 4 an attempted arson attack. An Israeli settler had lit a fire inside the church before it was quickly extinguished, causing only minor damages.

With the help of young Jerusalemites, the church guard managed to catch the settler before he escaped and turned him over to the Israeli police.

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.