Greek Orthodox Patriarch refuses to resign after synod attacks him for .....
Jewish World Review
May 26, 2005
Greek Orthodox Patriarch refuses to resign after synod attacks him
for enabling expanded Jewish settlement in Jerusalem
By RACHEL RASKIN-ZRIHEN
Irineos I dared to lease to Jews land that "Palestinians" want for
the capital of a future state
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There's a huge controversy brewing
over what is described as "explosive" allegations that the Greek
Orthodox Church's patriarch in Jerusalem sold property in that city
Clearly a tragedy and an outrage. I mean, property in the Jews' holy
city being bought by Jews. Imagine that.
If some group in the United States threw a hissy fit over property
being sold to or bought by members of racial or religious group, my
guess is that the outcry would be over the hissy fit. But the Arab
world is definitely not the United States.
The Arab world, particularly the Palestinians, are reportedly up in
arms over what they term "the Judaizing" of Jerusalem.
Specifically, the Church's patriarch, Irineos I, is being pressured
to resign because one of his top aids may have made 198-year leases
with Jews for some church property, according to the Associated
Press. AP also reports that World Orthodox leaders voted Tuesday in
Turkey to stop recognizing Irineos I, asserting a rare unified
position during a rare "pan-Orthodox" gathering. Irineos refuses to
Let's examine this.
It is apparently grossly unacceptable for the Christian owners of
property in Israel, in Jerusalem, the city of David, built by the
Jews in antiquity, to sell or lease any of it to Jews.
Doesn't this show a rather intense anti-Semitism, while
simultaneously illuminating that fact that there is property in
Israel owned by members of other faiths. In fact, there are churches
and mosques all over the place there, where adherents are left
unmolested to worship as they choose. This is not generally the case
in the 40-odd Arab/Muslim countries, where being a non-Muslim is a
definite handicap, and being a Jew can be fatal.
These houses of worship of various faiths remain standing in the Holy
Land, even since Israel's rebirth. An impartial comparison between
Israel and probably any place overtaken by Arabs/Muslims in the past
thousand years, would surely reveal a marked lack of tolerance for
any other faith on Islam's part. The Muslim tradition, in fact, has
been to destroy any vestige of a peoples' past culture or religion
when-and-wherever Islam has gained the upper hand.
In no other arena is the qualitative difference between the Jewish
and Muslim cultures more evident than in the fact that there are
millions of Arabs living and working in Israel, some even serving in
the military and the parliament, working as doctors and nurses in
Israeli hospitals and generally enjoying the same freedoms and
responsibilities as Jewish Israelis. This seems to strike no one as
strange, though it stands in marked contrast to the treatment of Jews
in the Muslim world. Somehow, though, the idea of Jews living
in "Palestine" or most other Arab countries, strikes many people as
an unacceptable and dangerous provocation.
I find that curious and not a little aggravating, especially since,
despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Israel, and not
the Arab/Muslim world, has been labeled by many as racist.
Irineos I is under siege for leasing to Jews land Palestinians want
for the capital of a future state.
Why would Jerusalem and not Ramallah or some other West Bank or Gazan
city be the capitol of a future Palestinian state? Jerusalem is holy
to Jews as the sight of the ancient temples of David and Solomon. It
is Judaism's only holy city, mentioned in the Torah hundreds if not
thousands of times. It's holy to Christians as the place Jesus
preached and died, and is mentioned many times in the Christian
Jerusalem is said to be holy to Muslims as the place from which
Mohammed, who historically never actually set foot there, ascended to
heaven riding a winged beast. Jerusalem is mentioned in the Quran
exactly zero times.
Jerusalem's famous and admittedly beautiful gold-domed mosque was
constructed atop the ancient temple and bigger than the Church of the
Holy Sepulcher, as a symbolic raspberry -- it's importance to Islam
The Israel/Palestinian situation is an impossible quagmire, with the
Israelis seemingly unable to win for losing. It should get out of
Gaza, it shouldn't get out of Gaza. It should get out immediately,
but not too soon. It has the right to defend its citizens against
bloodthirsty terrorists, but not to do so effectively.
Where is the Messiah when you need him?