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18040Church Denies Israeli Municipality Use of its Property for Lights Festival

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Jun 7, 2013

      Church Denies Israeli Municipality Use of its Property for Lights Festival
      08th June 2013 Time 00:37 Jerusalem

      JERUSALEM, June 4, 2013 (WAFA) – The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in
      Jerusalem said Tuesday that it will not allow the Israeli municipality
      of West Jerusalem to use church property in the Old City for a lights
      festival because of Israeli police mistreatment of Christians during
      their holidays.

      A statement by the church spokesman Issa Musleh said the Greek Orthodox
      Patriarch Theophilos III has told the municipality of its objections to
      the use of its property in any way for the festival, which he said “does
      not reflect in any way the true identity of Jerusalem.”

      Musleh said that at the time Israeli police attack worshippers and
      religious men during Christian holidays, particularly during the
      Saturday Holy Fire, close roads in the face of worshippers, deny freedom
      of worship in Jerusalem for Christians from Gaza and West Bank, Israeli
      fanatics attack churches, cemeteries and religious people, monks are
      held for interrogation as was the case with the spiritual leader for
      Ramallah Elias Awwad who was held and interrogated at Tel Aviv airport,
      and other measures against the Christian and Muslim holy places, “It
      would not be sensible that anyone should expect any cooperation to make
      successful festivities not related to us or Jerusalem, which are also
      sources of big annoyance to the residents of the holy city through the
      behavior of the visitors and participants based on extreme nationalist
      reasons and their attacks on the residents of the city, which mostly go
      unpunished or without accountability.”