Yinon Reuveni, a 22-year old Jewish extremist who believes that Christians are idolaters, has been convicted of a 2015 arson attack on the Church of the Multiplication compound at Tabgha in the Galilee.
Many Christians believe that Yeshua performed the miracle of multiplying loaves and fishes to feed the 5,000 at the site of the church compound. During the attack Hebrew graffiti was scrawled on a wall in the church compound reading, “Idols will be cast out or destroyed.”
The church compound sustained some $1 million worth of damage in the attack but was restored and reopened to pilgrims in February. Israel contributed $394,000 to help with repairs.
As KNI reported earlier this year, a second young Jewish man, Yehuda Asraf, had also been charged in connection with the attack. Asraf had been accused of helping Reuveni to burn buildings in the church complex. However, on July 3 the Nazareth District Court acquitted Asraf at the same time as it convicted Reuveni.
Israel’s Security Agency, the Shin Bet, said Reuveni has been active in Jewish extremist circles and is a suspect in a number of hate crimes.