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Jerusalem facing ‘unprecedented conspiracy,’ says Orthodox archbishop

March 16, 2023 at 10:40 am

Palestinian Greek Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna in West Bank city of Bethlehem [HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images]

The head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, Archbishop Atallah Hanna, said on Wednesday that Jerusalem is being subject to an “unprecedented conspiracy.”

The archbishop made his comment during a meeting with a delegation of Italian MPs and municipal officials who are visiting the occupied territories to show their solidarity with the Palestinians and to examine their situation first hand.

“There is an unprecedented conspiracy against the Christian existence in this holy land,” Archbishop Hanna told the delegation. “There is extortion of the churches and a systematic theft of Christian endowments.”

He cited as an example the old Christian buildings in Jerusalem’s Hebrew Gate, stressing that this is one of several similar cases. “The oppression practiced against the Palestinians is targeting all of us.”

In conclusion, the archbishop pointed out that, “Jerusalem is subject to oppressive campaigns by the Israeli occupation aimed at erasing its history and marginalising its Palestinian presence.”

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