Tag Archive for Ateret Cohanim

Arabs still contesting Old City hotel that was originally owned by Jews



International pressure campaign is at the center of a massive real estate battle to prevent any Jewish presence in the Old City of Jerusalem. They completely ignore the fact that the Petra Hotel was also originally owned by Jews throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries.



Written and living evidence of the history of Jerusalem’s Old City provides evidence a contentious building located near the Jaffa Gate and known as the Petra Hotel was owned by Jews until 1931.

The Jewish Ateret Cohanim association recently entered the facility after purchasing it from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate 20 years ago. Continue Reading »

Israeli Court rules Greek Orthodox Church must honor lease with Israeli Jews

Ending a 14 yr-long battle, Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Greek Orthodox Church must honor its 99 year lease of 3 prime Old City properties in Jerusalem it signed with an Israeli Jewish Organization.

By David Lazarus


Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Greek Orthodox Church must honor the lease of its properties to Ateret Cohanim, an Israeli Jewish organization committed to creating a Jewish majority in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Outside the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

The prime church properties inside the popular Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City were leased for 99 years in 2004 to Ateret Cohanim, also known as the Crown of Jerusalem

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which owns the properties, fought the decision in court claiming that their finance director at the time was bribed by the Israelis into making the lease transaction. Continue Reading »