New Orthodox Patriarch Petitions Israel's High Court over Conditions of Recognit
WAFA Palestine News Agency
TEL AVIV, October 27, 2005 (WAFA)- The newly elected Greek Orthodox
Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, submitted a petition to the
Israeli High Court yesterday, accusing Israel of making its
recognition of the patriarch conditional on his signing
of "questionable" real estate deals, Israeli Daily Haaretz said on
Haaretz said the petition claims that the Israeli government is
applying pressure on Theophilos to approve deals that the Patriarchy
had signed, by means of its former financial manager Nikolaus
Papadimas, who had received power of attorney from the previous
patriarch Ireneos I, to sell assets to foreign companies representing
the right-wing colonizer organization Ateret Kohanim.
According to the daily, the petition demands that the government
unconditionally recognize Theophilos, who was elected last August, as
Ireneos was simultaneously ousted from his position.
The petition reveals new information about the long-term leasing
deals in the old city of Jerusalem, in which leasing rights of
Patriarchy assets for hundreds of years were awarded "at prices that
can scarcely be imagined."