Nun says locals building illegally on monastery
Published Monday 22/04/2013 (updated) 24/04/2013
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
"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.
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 monastery's property."
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
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