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Russian Church urges Israeli tax administration to release its church in Jaffa

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=5335 05 November 2008, 12:50 Russian Church urges Israeli tax administration to release its church in Jaffa
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      05 November 2008, 12:50
      Russian Church urges Israeli tax administration to release its church in Jaffa

      Moscow, November 5, Interfax – The Russian
      Ecclesiastic Mission in Jerusalem filed an action
      to the tax administration of Israel with a demand
      to release the Church of St. Peter and St. Tabitha in Jaffa.

      Israeli municipality and tax services want the
      Mission to pay about 3,3 mln dollars as a
      compensation for the taxes accrued from 1991 to
      1999 and building on the church territory.
      However, attorney Boris Lamper claims, “The
      Mission knew nothing about such a tribute,” one
      of the reasons for it is that “bills were
      delivered to the wrong address,” the Kommersant
      daily has reported on Wednesday.

      The Israel Tax Administration promised to send a
      representative to check how the church territory was used.

      Earlier the Deputy Chairman of the Moscow
      Patriarchate Department for External Church
      Relations Bishop Mark of Yegoryevsk told
      Interfax-Religion that the whole tax story is
      “the result of shortcomings in the work of Tel
      Aviv municipal authorities” and “has no legal grounds.”
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