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[orthodox-synod] Feb 11 - STANDOFF IN JERICHO UPDATE

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  • Fr Seraphim Holland
    STANDOFF IN JERICHO--UPDATE, FEB. 11th Also on-line at http://www.orthodox.net/jericho/2000-02-11-update.html ... A temporary verbal arrangement has been
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      STANDOFF IN JERICHO--UPDATE, FEB. 11th

      Also on-line at http://www.orthodox.net/jericho/2000-02-11-update.html

      ...

      A temporary verbal arrangement has been reached in Jericho in which a
      trailer with running water and electricity will be set up for the nuns
      on the portion of the property being set aside for ROCOR. This
      agreement is only to alleviate the harsh conditions suffered by our
      nuns and in no way represents a resolution to the overall injustice of
      illegal and arbitrary seizure of ROCOR property.

      It must be stressed that not a single written document has been
      presented thus far--no eviction notice, no written claim from the
      Moscow church or the Russian Federation, no written order from the
      Palestinians regarding the seizure. This means that anything
      "achieved" bears only a temporary and unconfirmed character.

      The present agreement also does not resolve the issue of religious
      persecution, for ROCOR still has no
      access to its own chapel. Additionally, the violation of human rights
      still exists, in that the nuns, should
      they leave, have no assurances that they, or anyone from ROCOR, will be
      able to return, which means that de facto, our nuns are prisoners on
      their own property.

      A delegation headed by Archbishop Laurus of ROCOR visited with
      Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congressman Tom Lantos, Congressman
      Sherwood Boehlert, as well as the offices of Senator Daniel Patrick
      Moynihan, Senator Jesse Helms, Senator Paul Sarbanes and Senator Joseph
      Biden and PLO representative Hassan Abdel Rahman and the State
      Department. There is a great deal of concern over the situation, and
      Congress is preparing to take action to ensure the safety and
      well-being of Sisters Maria and Xenia, and to call for justice in the
      illegal seizures of ROCOR properties in the Holy Land.

      It is crucial that citizens of the U.S. continue to pursue this matter
      with their representatives, and that everyone bring these injustices
      to the attention of the media and with the international community in
      general.

      Nicholas A. Ohotin
      Communications Director
      The Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia /
      The Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem
      75 East 93rd Street
      New York, NY 10128
      (212) 534-1601 x 12
      E-Mail: nohotin@...

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