Pizaballa publicly criticized the Israeli government for allowing extremists to persecute Christians.


[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin bishop of Jerusalem appointed by the Vatican, recently publicly criticized the Israeli right-wing government for its growing hostility towards Christians.

With the acquiescence of the government, anti-Christ violence has emerged one after another, including physical attacks and harassment against clergy, and there have even been at least seven cases of damage to church property. Many church leaders are worried that the situation will escalate further.

According to the Guardian, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land, Pizabala, said in an interview a few days ago that the area has a 2,000-year history of Christianity, but with the acquiescence of the right-wing government, it has fueled extremists’ anti-Christ attacks. These extremists believe that the current social atmosphere allows them to do whatever they want with Christianity. The attacks include harassing clergy and destroying religious property.

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According to statistics, there have been at least seven cases of serious damage to church property recorded in just three months this year, a sharp increase compared to the six cases recorded in the whole of last year.

Church leaders blamed much of the blame on Israeli extremists, fearing that this connivance would lead to more violence.

While Tania Berg-Rafaeli, head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry's Department of World Religions, emphasized the government's emphasis on religious freedom, Pizzabala expressed concern that Israel would weaken its commitment to freedom of worship.

Christians expressed their belief that the authorities did not properly control the relationship between Christianity, Judaism and Islam.