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October 30, 2014 4:21 pm

Jerusalem Church Under Siege From Local Arabs (VIDEO)

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JNS.org – An eastern Jerusalem church has come under siege from local Arab residents as a property dispute has devolved into repeated bouts of harassment, theft, and physical violence against church employees and property.

“When we said we would not sell [the church], they decided to take it by force,” Pastor Karen Dunham of the Living Bread International Church told The Jerusalem Post.

Located near the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City, Living Bread is a non-denominational church with offices in Israel, Gaza, and Jericho that seeks to reach out with “humanitarian aid to the poor and the refugees with aid and education,” its website says.

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According to Dunham, the church has been attacked by men with knifes, clubs, pepper spray, and gas by local Arab men. The men have destroyed the church’s security cameras and a metal security fence, in addition to threatening to “cut the heads off” two orphans with disabilities.

Dunham has appealed to local police for protection and the arrest of suspects behind the threats and attacks.

“The last couple of weeks is when most of the violence has happened, and now they are not allowing our staff to walk in the street to get to and from work,” she said.

The attacks on the church come amid broader tensions between Jewish and Muslim residents in Jerusalem. Last week, a Palestinian terrorist drove a car into a crowded light rail platform, killing two people (including an infant). In the days following that attack, Arab residents clashed with the Israeli police, which beefed up its presence in the capital.

Watch Pastor Karen Dunham speak about the threats facing her church in Jerusalem below:

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  • Jose Duran

    This another reason not to allow Palestinians any saying about Jerusalem. Violence is their only language

  • Cherian P.V.

    I was so shocked to see this video! May our Lord Jesus make this Living Bread church more bigger and stronger in the coming days!He is the real King of kings, who is building His Body the Church to prepare for His soon returning and everlasting Kingdom! Amen!!!

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  • Jonah

    Time to round up your local Arabs, send them to Mexico, Obama will let them in.

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      Obama wants them in the |US

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