JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say a Catholic church near the Sea of Galilee has been heavily damaged by fire in a possible extremist Jewish arson attack.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says a fire broke out at the Church of the Multiplication in the middle of the night, causing extensive damage to the inside and outside of the building.
Rosenfeld said police are investigating whether the fire was deliberate and are searching for suspects. A passage from a Jewish prayer, calling for the wiping out of idol worship, was found scrawled in red spray paint on a wall outside the church.
In recent years, mosques and churches have been targeted by vandals in similar attacks, which are widely condemned in Israel.