Nazareth Basilica attack not political

A dispute with the Israeli authorities over child custody was the motivation for a firecracker attack on a Nazareth Basilica that prompted protests and left a dozen people injured, Asianews.it reports.

The attack by an Israeli man and his Christian wife and daughter on Friday at Christianity's holiest sites, the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, touched off brawls which media reports said left a dozen police and a dozen civilians injured and several police vehicles and an ambulance damaged.

The couple lost custody of their third child the day before the attack. The couple had previously lost custody of two minor children as they were deemed incapable of carrying out their duties by Family Court judges.

"This would have brought the couple to carry out some kind of astounding gesture to draw wide public attention to what they believed was an 'injustice'. Thus, it was not a case of anti-Christian religious extremism.", Asianews.it reports.

The Acting Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, has assured the Custos of the Holy Land, Most Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, that "the government would act swiftly and decisively in the face of any attacks on the holy places in Israel."

Nazareth Basilica incident "re-evaluated" (AsiaNews.it 5/3/06)

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6 Mar 2006