The state must compensate the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes for the arson attack against it in June, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has decided.
Two “hilltop youth” from the West Bank settler outposts are currently standing trial for this attack, and there are three other suspects.
The church, located in Tabgha on the shores of Lake Kinneret, had originally applied to the Israel Tax Authority for compensation. But two weeks ago, the authority rejected its request, saying the property tax law only authorizes state compensation for attacks perpetrated due to the Arab-Israeli conflict, whereas the indictment in the church arson case says the assailants were motivated by religious hostility to Christianity.
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