[hocna] [Fwd: Israeli Arrested for trying to Torch Russian Church]
- Z and ALTR wrote:
> Israeli arrested for trying to torch Russian Church--
> By Jack Katzenell, Associated Press
> November 24, 1999
> JERUSALEM (AP) - An Israeli man was caught early Wednesday as he
> tried to set fire to a Russian Orthodox church on the shores of the
> Sea of Galilee, police said.
> Police said they were treating the incident very seriously in light of
> upcoming millennium festivities. "We are on the watch for any trouble
> of this kind from fanatics of any description, whether they are Jews,
> Christians or others,'' police spokesman Rafi Lavi said.
> The attempted arson took place at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in
> Josef Bar, 33, a Jewish man who recently became religious, told a
> Tiberias magistrate that he tried to start the fire "for the glory of
> God,'' Lavi said. Bar was ordered held for nine days to allow police
> to complete the investigation.
> Police said it was Bar's second attempt at arson. Last week, he
> tried to set fire to the church, but the flames died out after
> causing some damage. In the early hours of Wednesday morning,
> police saw Bar crossing the church garden with a can of kerosene in
> his hand. He broke open the doors and poured the kerosene inside the
> church but was seized by police before he could ignite the fuel.
> A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Mission in Jerusalem said the
> police deserve praise for their prompt action but the church is very
> worried in the wake of the arson attempts and other incidents.
> Father Mark Golgokov said that in August, four Muslims smashed
> windows in the church and beat up some volunteers working there.
"Mundus vult decipi"
(the world wants to be deceived)