In May 2021, Father Justin said that he had served in the monastery for 40 years, and during that time he had survived 32 assassination attempts. He moved to this monastery after the death of the previous abbot, Archimandrite Filumen (Khasapis), who was brutally murdered in 1979 by religious fanatics.
Recently it became known about another attempt on the life of a monk, which is almost 80 years old. A Greek journalist and friend of Archimandrite Maria Gyachnaki spoke about the incident. According to her, Fr. Justin called her and asked for help.
“Please do something! The monk turned to her. “They poured gasoline over me, set fire to the monastery, and they want to burn me myself.”
A few days ago, stones were thrown at the archimandrite, from which he had wounds on his head, Maria said.
The journalist added that this is not the first case of his hospitalization or abduction. Every time Father Justin is attacked, she contacts the local authorities and international bodies. The police come to help after each incident, but there is no solution to the problem, and Maria fears that the monk will simply be killed. There was no order from the Palestinian authorities for protection, and the abbot of the monastery of the Well of Jacob, along with other monks and nuns from several neighboring monasteries, are in constant danger.
“The Jerusalem Patriarchate, in cooperation with the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Palestinian leadership, must immediately find a way out,” Gyachnaki stressed.
Monastery of the Well of Jacob is located on the West Bank of the Jordan River in the city of Nablus, in the Palestinian Authority, and belongs to the Jerusalem Patriarchate. On the territory of the monastery there is a well, dug, according to legend, by the Old Testament patriarch Jacob. At the same well, Christ met with the Samaritan woman (John 4: 4-42). The church, built at the well, was destroyed and rebuilt several times.
Archimandrite Justin is the only remaining inhabitant of the monastery.