Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, August 22, 2013)


Israel – Vandalism

During the night of August 19 to 20, a Molotov cocktail was thrown against one of the access gates to the Beit Jamal Monastery in Israel.

France strongly condemns this act of vandalism which targeted a place of worship and peace. It expresses its wholehearted solidarity with the community of nuns. We are especially concerned by the steady increase in the number of acts of vandalism and intolerance against religious buildings.

France calls on the Israeli authorities to shed full light on these serious acts and to bring those responsible to justice.

Our Consul General in Jerusalem immediately visited the site.