This week, a church in Jerusalem was torched and covered with anti-Christian graffiti. In response, Rabbi Eckstein denounced these hateful actions and called for Christians and Jews to unite:
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, head of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, also denounced the attack on Thursday, calling on Christians and Jews to unite to fight religious persecution.
“As an Orthodox rabbi who has dedicated his life to building bridges between the Christian world and Israel, I condemn these hostilities against Christian places of worship and study in Israel,” he said.
“At a time when Christians around the world are being persecuted by radical extremists, it is essential that we do all we can to fight such prejudice and racism, especially when it erupts in our own society.”
Echoing Rivlin’s sentiments, Eckstein continued: “Christians and Jews must come together to condemn such incidents and work together to fight the persecution of Christians and Jews alike.”
Meanwhile, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat issued a statement saying he is working closely with police to expedite the criminal investigation.
“There is no room for such deplorable activity in Jerusalem.
We must eradicate this behavior and bring those responsible to justice,” he said. “We must quickly restore the peace and coexistence in Jerusalem.”