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 »
A senior Roman Catholic official, along with heads of the Greek Orthodox and Armenian churches in Jerusalem condemn the proposed draft legislation they say is aimed at expropriating property that the church has been subletting to commercial businessmen.
Three major Holy Land churches on Friday called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to block draft legislation they said was aimed at expropriating their property.
In a letter to Netanyahu seen by AFP, heads of the Armenian and Greek Orthodox churches in Jerusalem and a senior Roman Catholic official condemned the bill as “disgraceful.”They said its inclusion on the agenda of a government committee meeting scheduled for Sunday reneged on previous commitments to withdraw the law. Continue Reading »
The proposals being protested by the Church is to block Jerusalem municipality’s intention to apply property tax on land used solely for commercial enterprises, and allow the State of Israel eminent domain expropriations, ending the Church’s extensive land sales in Israel’s capital by the Catholic Church & Greek Orthodox Church to private and/or foreign companies.
By Mordechai Sones
Christian leaders today took the rare step of closing the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, in protest of Israeli tax measures and a proposed property law.
Tomb of Jesus inside the edicule Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem -Photo: Wikipedia
The decision was made in protest against the bill, which is expected to be discussed today by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, allowing the State to expropriate land that the churches have sold since 2010, as well as to protest the Municipality’s intention to collect municipal property taxes. Continue Reading »
Arab religious leaders of the Islamic Waqf and certain Christian clerics call on church leaders in Israel not to sell Church owned land to Jews, referring to the Greek Orthodox Church that’s currently unloading lucrative parcels of land at reasonable prices.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Azzam al-Khatib, director of the Islamic Waqf properties in Jerusalem, is calling on Christians not to sell Church land to Jews, calling it “treason.”
In an interview with the Hamas newspaper Al-Risala, Khatib said that many sources in the Christian community had told of various real estate transactions that had taken place with Jews. Continue Reading »
Greek Orthodox Church vows to appeal Jerusalem court decision upholding the sale of church property in the Old City to Jews, decrying the judgement as ‘politically motivated.’
By Arutz Sheva Staff
The leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Israel said that the church will appeal a decision of the Jerusalem District Court approving the sale of church-owned land in the Old City of Jerusalem to Jews.
Imperial Hotel, Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem – Photo: Danny Gershoni/Wikimedia
The church has opposed the deal, claiming that it was made illegally by the deposed previous leader of the church.
Speaking at a news conference in Amman, Jordan, on Saturday, Patriarch Theophilos III said that the court’s ruling was “politically motivated,” and emphasized that the church will do “everything within its power so that this unjust ruling will be overturned.” Continue Reading »
Israeli MK Rachel Azaria and hundreds of Jerusalem residents worried about the disposition of their homes, as well as any future change to the character of the capital of the Jewish State.
By DANIEL K. EISENBUD, GLOBES
The Greek Orthodox Church last week sold 50 hectares of land in central Jerusalem – some 124 acres containing more than 1,000 housing units in numerous buildings – to an anonymous group of investors, spurring fears of a hostile takeover.
For many years, the land was leased to the Jewish National Fund in agreements that are about to expire, leaving the residents’ future rights in limbo. Continue Reading »