#0202_A_View_From_East_Jerusalem

“The heads of the Christian churches declare the closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in protest of Israel’s actions:

On Sunday, the Patriarchs and the heads of the Christian churches of Jerusalem announced the closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem in protest of the Jerusalem municipality’s imposition of taxes on churches in the city.

This came during a press conference held by the heads of the Christian churches in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre complex. In addition, the churches are protesting against an Israeli bill that would allow for the confiscation of church assets, another reason for the closure.

The number of Christians in Jerusalem is 10,000-12,000, out of the 300,000 Palestinian residents.

The heads of the Christian churches in Jerusalem also reported that Israel is attempting to weaken the Christian presence in the city.”

– Al-Quds

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