Christian holy sites in Israel have been subjected to a series of organised attacks which the authorities have done nothing to prevent, a representative of the Vatican in the country has said.
Vandals burned a door and spray-painted anti-Christian graffiti on a Trappist Monastery in Latrun, outside Jerusalem with the words "Jesus is a monkey."
The monastery was targeted shortly after Israel evacuated an illegally built West Bank settler outpost.
In recent months, two other monasteries and a Baptist church were vandalized. It is not clear why the vandals have targeted Christian sites.
For years, Christian clergymen also have been spat at by ultra-Orthodox seminary students in Jerusalem's Old City.
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