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JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court has sentenced a Jewish extremist to four years in prison for torching a famous Holy Land church in 2015.

The Nazareth District Court sentenced 22-year-old Yinon Reuveni on Monday over his involvement in an attack on the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. Reuveni was also ordered to pay $14,000 to the church in compensation.

The church, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, marks the traditional site of Jesus' miracle. It is one of the most popular stops for Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land.

The 2015 arson caused extensive damage to the building and burned prayer books. A second suspect was acquitted.

Jewish extremists have targeted mosques, churches and dovish Israeli groups in recent years.

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