Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako

Jews Seek to Appropriate Monastery of the Discalced Carmelites on Mount Carmel

The monastery has been targeted by this group for months. Initially, there were sporadic visits to the church by small groups. Then dozens of people arrived at the place by bus; they “assaulted” the sacred place. The majority were young people accompanied by adults. They began to pray “provocatively,” making irreverent gestures towards the altars of the shrine’s interior. Provocations, insults and expletives that the local Christians have always rejected.