Santa stabs Christian leader in Jaffa

Sunday, January 08, 2012 |  Ryan Jones

Greek Orthodox Christmas celebrations in the Tel Aviv suburb of Jaffa over the weekend were marred by a bizarre and deadly display of Christian-on-Christian violence.

Following a Christmas church service (the Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas on January 7), the leader of the Jaffa Orthodox Church Association, Gabriel Cadis, was stabbed in the back and killed.

Eyewitnesses said the attacker was dressed as Santa Claus.

Police later detained six suspects in connection with the murder. All six suspects were reportedly members of the local Christian community.

The motivation behind the murder was still unclear by Sunday morning, but what is known is that Cadis was recently chosen to head the Jaffa Orthodox Church Association for a third term.

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