The Jerusalem Post reports that Israeli police have arrested a 49-year-old man in connection with an arson attack on the Church of All Nations in Jerusalem, built on the site of the Garden of Gethsemane.
The man allegedly set the church on fire with a liquid accelerant, which did minor damage to the floor and some pews. The on-site security guard responded quickly, detaining the suspect until police and firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported.
The fire did not spread to the entire church, but there was “a lot of smoke” which the firefighters said they had to ventilate out.
Wadie Abunassar, Advisor to the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries thanked God the fire wasn’t worse, adding “people here don’t really promote coexistence based on mutual respect of all faithful in the Holy Land.”
The church, also known as the Basilica of the Agony, was built on the site of the Garden of Gethsemane, enshrines a section of bedrock that is believed to be the place that Jesus prayed on the night of his arrest.