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Supreme Court Blocks Irineos Appointment

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  • samsonw2000
    Arutz Sheva IsraelNationalNews.com http://www.israelnationalnews.com/print.php3?what=news&id=57206 [Original Letters by Patriarch alleging anti-semitism linked
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      Arutz Sheva IsraelNationalNews.com
      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/print.php3?what=news&id=57206
      [Original Letters by Patriarch alleging anti-semitism linked below]

      Supreme Court Blocks Irineos Appointment

      The Supreme Court has put the appointment of Irineos as Greek
      Orthodox Church Patriarch on hold for at least three weeks. The
      appointment of the controversial figure - whose anti-Semitism and
      friendship with Arafat is evident in at least two letters he wrote to
      the PLO leader - was supposed to take effect today, following a
      Cabinet decision nine days ago.

      The Court made the decision in response to a petition brought by
      Atty. Dan Avi-Yitzchak on behalf of an unnamed client.

      The Greek Orthodox Church in Israel has been operating without a
      Patriarch since August 2001, when the pro-Israel Patriarch Theodorus
      died. Though Irineos was chosen by the Church to succeed him, Israeli
      security agencies were strongly against him because of his ties with
      Arafat. Only recently did a ministerial committee narrowly vote to
      approve the appointment, followed by a Cabinet decision to accept the
      recommendation.

      The Avi-Yitzchak suit is based on the same claims made by the General
      Security Service and the police for several months against Irineos'
      appointment. At the last ministerial committee session, one of the
      participants, Welfare Minister Zevulun Orlev, said that for some
      unexplained reason, the security officials were suddenly silent and
      did not repeat their claims. The precise nature and details of the
      current petition's stance are classified.

      The Court decision gives the petitioner ten days to present a more
      detailed case, and then ten more days for the government to respond.
      Another suit against the appointment, by a Greek Orthodox Church
      leader in the Galilee, has also been filed.
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      Letter 1: http://www.a7.org/hebrew/newspaper/documents/greek-
      patriarch/patriarch.htm

      Letter 2: http://www.a7.org/hebrew/newspaper/documents/greek-
      patriarch/patriarch2.htm
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