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'Price-Tag' Attack at Latrun Monastery Draws Condemnation From Israeli Leaders

(UPDATED) Police have arrested one Israeli in connection with last year's graffiti attack.

Update (July 1, 2013): Nearly 10 months after anti-Christian graffiti appeared on the entryway of Latrun Monastery, located just west of Jerusalem, Reuters reports that police have arrested one Israeli in connection with the attack.

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Following the recent evacuation of an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank, vandals attacked a 120-year-old Trappist monastery just west of Jerusalem, setting the door on fire and spray painting the phrase "Jesus is a monkey" in the entryway.

Other Christian sites in Israel have experienced similar attacks in recent months. But the attack at Latrun Monastery drew condemnation from top Israeli leaders, as well as exasperation from Catholic leaders in Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu swiftly condemned the attack as a "criminal act" for which "those responsible must be severely punished."

"Religious freedom and worship are two of the most basic institutions in Israel," he said.

Defense minister ...

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