Nun says locals building illegally on monastery land
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The head of a monastery in East Jerusalem on Monday
accused residents of al-Eizariyya of building illegally on church land.
Al-Eizariyya residents are constructing buildings on the private lands
of the Holy Monastery of Martha and Maria, "brushing aside all
religious, social and national values," said Sister Efpraxia.
"This is a dangerous violation in broad daylight, and construction is
ongoing despite our frequent appeals and calls. Such provocative acts
are not acceptable by any rational human," the abbess added.
The nun appealed to President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah,
custodian of holy sites in East Jerusalem, "to relieve the feeble people
as soon as possible bringing these overt violations against the
She added: "Our properties and lands are not deserted properties, but
rather Orthodox endowments and always will be. Next Saturday we will
celebrate Lazarus Saturday. Dozens of pilgrims will visit the monastery
from all over the world, and we wonder what we will tell them when they
see these violations against the monastery’s property."