According to Khoury, church members are taking precautionary measures to ensure that no further attacks are carried out against the church. Security cameras are being installed and round-the-clock watch groups will patrol near the church building in the interim.
“It is our wish to help law enforcement in east Jerusalem to help capture any culprits who think to further vandalize as has occurred over the last few years to Christian, Muslim and Jewish holy sites,” remarked Khoury. Police are currently investigating the matter.
Khoury is calling upon the State of Israel to clamp down on these incidents and have perpetrators who commit these types of acts of vandalism to be prosecuted under Israel's hate crime statutes. Khoury emphasized that it is important that Israel demonstrates that defacing holy sites is a serious offense under the law as well as its democratic values and “one cannot just receive a financial slap on the wrist.”