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Jordan condemns vandalism

By JT - Dec 12,2012 - Last updated at Dec 12,2012

AMMAN — Jordan on Wednesday condemned an attack by vandals on Jerusalem’s Monastery of the Cross, blaming it on Jewish settlers.

Government Spokesperson Samih Maaytah described as “provocative” the graffiti sprayed on the monastery’s walls by extremists using foul language to insult Jesus Christ, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Maaytah said the actions insult all Abrahamic religions and constitute a violation of the sanctity of places of worship.

Such attacks are rejected, especially as the world prepares to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ and the values of tolerance and peace that he represents, the spokesperson stressed.

Maaytah held Israel responsible for protecting places of worship against vandalism and attacks, noting that these incidents violate international laws.

Jordan, he said, is committed to its role as custodian of holy sites in Jerusalem. 

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