Major Christian Broadcasting Studio In Jerusalem Destroyed in Arson Attack

“When you pass through water, I will be with you; Through streams, They shall not overwhelm you. When you walk through fire, You shall not be scorched; Through flame, It shall not burn you.” Isaiah 43:2 (The Israel Bible™)

In the early hours of Saturday morning, an arsonist attacked the Jerusalem studio of Daystar, destroying their studio.

At the time of the attack, the studio, located in the Arab neighborhood of Abu Tor overlooking the Temple Mount, was in the midst of extensive renovations being carried out by Sharett Contracting. Dave Sharett, the owner of the construction company, described the devastation to Chris Mitchell of CBN News.

“The control room I would say is probably totally devastated,” Dave Sharett, the contractor overseeing the renovations told CBN News. “The controls actually start here with the electric panel, the main electric panel and anything plastic is totally melted.”

A security camera filmed a large flash at around 2:15 followed by a man exiting the apartment onto the balcony. The man then used a rope to descend to the ground after which he fled into the ravine leading away from the city.

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Maayan Hoffman reported in the Jerusalem Post that police investigators are pursuing two possible motives behind the attack. The first theory is that the attack against a Christian facility in the Palestinian neighborhood, coming towards the end of the month-long Ramadan period is religious motivated.

The second theory police are pursuing is that the culprit was an Arab employee of an adjacent studio who recently became upset with some of the workers at the Daystar studio. Sharett told Jerusalem Post that the employee has not returned to work since the incident.

Breaking Israel News spoke to Chris Mitchell who said that the police had not reported any progress in the investigation.

“There were no threats or incidents prior to the fire at the studio,” Mitchell said. “The fire department and police have been very professional and responsive. The fire was very hot and quick and almost completely destroyed the studio.”

Sharrett is currently involved in reconstructing the studios, a project he estimated will take about four months.

Daystar is an American evangelical Christian-based religious television network that is owned by the Word of God Fellowship, founded by Marcus Lamb in 1993. Daystar, one of the largest Christian networks in the world, broadcasts programs by ministers and speakers from around the world. It became the first foreign Christian network to be given a broadcast license by the Israeli government in 2006.