JERUSALEM (Jun. 14)
Vandals disfigured a giant unfinished statue of Jesus standing in a garden near Bethlehem. They chipped away the nose and part of the chin. The damage was discovered when the sculptor. Prof. Nastas Fawzi, came out to resume work Thursday morning.
The 13 foot high statue was commissioned by the Church of the Sacred Heart and was to be erected on the Mount of Olives. It shows Jesus with his arms outstretched, and is intended to represent him as the Prince of Peace.
Fawzi said that he would have finished the work in another two or three days but he did not know how long repairs would take. Fawzi studied sculpture in Italy and came back to his native Bethlehem two years ago.
Three East Jerusalem residents were detained today for large-scale drug smuggling. Police also said they were part of an international ring.
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