Greek Orthodox church aims to block Jerusalem

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The Greek Orthodox patriarch within the Holy Land introduced Saturday that his church will attraction an Israeli court selection that authorized the sale of top church property to corporations representing Jews searching for to make bigger their presence in Jerusalem’s Old City.

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The church had challenged the assets deal in court for the past decade, arguing it turned


into performed illegally by means of the due to the fact that-deposed preceding patriarch and become therefore invalid.


The Jerusalem District Court upheld the deal weeks in the past, paving the way for three big properties near the Old City’s Jaffa Gate to be leased for 99 years to Ateret Cohanim, a collection that has been buying houses for Jews in historically Arab regions of Jerusalem.

Patriarch Theophilos III alleged Saturday that the lower court ruling turned into “politically prompted” and said the church could appeal to Israel’s Supreme Court.

The church will do “the whole thing within its energy so that this unjust ruling might be overturned,” he said at an information convention inside the Jordanian capital of Amman.

The Petra Hotel within the Old City of Jerusalem. (CC-BY-SA: Ranbir/Wikimedia)
The Petra Hotel in the Old City of Jerusalem. (CC-BY-SA: Ranbir/Wikimedia)

Theophilus leads a predominantly Arab flock of 220,000 Christians in Jordan, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The Greek Orthodox church is certainly one of the largest property owners within the Holy Land, which include in Jerusalem’s Old City, one of the most sensitive areas of the Israeli-Palestinian warfare.

The Old City turned into captured by using Israel within the 1967 Six Day struggle, in conjunction with the relaxation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip. The Palestinians want to set up a country in those areas, with East Jerusalem as a capital.

Israel’s modern-day government rejects any partition of Jerusalem as a part of a likely peace deal. Since 1967, a few two hundred,000 Jews have moved to East Jerusalem neighborhoods built for them via successive Israeli governments, making partition an increasing number of hard. In addition, right-wing Jewish businesses have sold homes in Arab neighborhoods.

The patriarch additionally expressed challenge approximately what he said to become an effort by means of some individuals of Israel’s parliament to restrict the rights of his church and different Christian denominations inside the Holy Land to deal independently with their actual property holdings.

He advised the heads of churches to discover a joint reaction to “this alarming and critical development” that he stated will have an effect on Christians within the place and around the world.

“We can’t strain too tremendously the acute seriousness of the situation,”  Jerusalem Theophilus said. He called on global leaders to intervene Orthodox  church 


In latest months there had been several reports of the Church selling multi-million greenback parcels of land in west Jerusalem, Jaffa and the historical Roman-generation port of Cesaria.

In recent years, there had been growing tensions among the predominantly Greek church management and the Arab flock, which include the management of the widespread assets holdings and land leases to Israel. The Church is the second one largest landholder in Israel.


Critics have repeatedly demanded that the church provides information about its holdings.

On Saturday, church officials declined to reply whilst requested about the holdings.

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