Incident Summary:

12/04/2020: An assailant set fire to the Church of All Nations (Church of Agony), in Jerusalem, West Bank, West Bank and Gaza Strip. The fire was quickly extinguished and the assailant was arrested. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources said the assailant was an Israeli settler with extreme right-wing views.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Church of All Nations (Church of Agony / Gethsemane Church)
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
A flammable liquid was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Authorities stated that there were possible racial motivations.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Israeli settlers No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Israeli man attempts to burn down Jerusalem's historic Gethsemane Church," Middle East Eye, December 4, 2020.
"Israeli settler arrested for Jerusalem church arson," Anadolu Agency (AA), December 4, 2020.
"Jerusalem church suffers damage in arson near Garden of Gethsemane," Reuters UK, December 4, 2020.