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16 Sep

Greek Orthodox Archbishop Says Hebron Real Estate Under Threat

Bishop Atallah Hanna, the archbishop of Sebastian Roman Orthodox, stated Saturday, that the ancient Orthodox real estate in the area of ​​Hebron Gate is under serious threat, and that extremist Jewish settlers may seize these properties at any time. The archbishop issued the following statements while being hosted by a […]

14 Jun

Greek Orthodox Church Calls Israeli Court Ruling Unfair

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem released a statement on Wednesday, saying the Israeli court’s decisions allowing seizure of church property, by Israeli settler groups, are unfair. The property is located in the Jaffa Gate area of the Old City of Jerusalem, in the Southern West Bank. The Israeli Supreme Court, […]

24 Dec

Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Calls on US to Withdraw Jerusalem Move

Spokesman for the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Issa Musleh, on Sunday, called upon US president Donald Trump to withdraw his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to WAFA. Musleh, speaking to Palestine TV, condemned Trump’s decision and stressed that all Palestinians, both Muslims and Christians, are united in […]

09 Sep

Jerusalem: Palestinians Protest Sale of Greek Orthodox Property

Members of the Greek Orthodox Church in Palestine protesting in Jerusalem against sale of church property. (WAFA photo/Afif Amireh)   Hundreds of Palestinian Christians and Muslims demonstrated Saturday, at Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, against a sale of church property by the Greek Orthodox patriarch, according to WAFA correspondence. The […]

30 Dec

Ashrawi: Greek Orthodox Patriarch Well Informed on Israeli Religious Violations

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, on Thursday, expressed concerns regarding the statement of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, who recently praised Israel for being a “democracy” that “respects freedom of worship.” In an official statement, Ashrawi said that “Theophilos III is very well informed of […]

29 Apr

Settlers Burn Greek Orthodox Church Land In Jerusalem

Sunday evening April 28, 2013, a group of extremist Israeli settlers burnt a land that belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church in Wadi Hilweh, in Silwan town, in occupied East Jerusalem.The Wadi Hilweh Information Center reported that dozens of extremist Israeli settlers and soldiers gathered in the area, and that […]

05 Jan

Leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church Faces Boycott at Christmas

January 5, 2010 3:25 AM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

13 members of the Greek Orthodox church in Palestine will boycott the Patriarch over accusations of leasing land to an Israeli development company.With the Greek Orthodox Christmas approaching on January 7th, thirteen leading members of the church in Palestine have decided to boycott the reception of the Patriarch, Theophilos III. […]

07 Jan

President Abbas attends Greek Orthodox Christmas Mass in Bethlehem

January 7, 2008 12:52 PM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attended the midnight Orthodox Christmas Mass at the Church of Nativity in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem on Sunday.The city of Bethlehem marked the beginning of the celebrations for the Orthodox Christmas on Sunday morning. Local Palestinians and international visitors flocked since early morning […]

11 Apr

Israeli Army storms the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem

Israeli armed police force and intelligence officers broke into the Greek Orthodox Patriarch’s headquarters in the Old city of Jerusalem, Tuesday morning. The soldiers targeted archbishop Atallah Hanna’s house, and delivered  a military notice from the Intelligence Bureau, ordering Hanna to report to Al-Maskobiya detention center west of the city  […]

22 Aug

New Patriarch for the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem Elected

August 22, 2005 7:56 AM IMEMC & Agencies Cartoon, Jerusalem, Miscellaneous 0

The synod, the highest body in the Greek Orthodox Church, on Monday has elected a new Patriarch to succeed former Patriarch Irineos I, who was dismissed over selling church property to right-wing Jewish investors in east Jerusalem. The new Patriarch, Theofilos is expected to return the east Jerusalem property leased […]

15 May

Jewish settlers behind Greek Orthodox patriarchate land deal

The viscous deal between the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate and ‘Jewish investors’ in which major property in Omar Ben Al-Khatab square in Jerusalem was presumably sold, was reportedly made by settler organizations operating through off-shore entities, according to Danny Rubinstein (Haaretz). According to Rubinstein, the central figure in the deal is […]

05 May

Greek Orthodox Church dismisses patriarch

Dismissed Greek Orthodox Patriach Irinous I returned, under police protection, to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher Friday night. Irinous I managed to enter the church, but most bishops have excommunicated him, taking their orders instead from his temporary replacement Bishop Baselios. The Church said that it would choose a […]

29 Apr

More Documents on Greek Orthodox Church Jerusalem’ bargain revealed

April 29, 2005 9:11 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

{mosimage}Reporter Kliman Lipskind, from Israeli newspaper Ma’areev, revealed Friday the original documents concerning the Jerusalem property deal between the Greek Orthodox Church and Jewish investors, saying the documents will be shocking to church officials. Around the middle of February, Lipskind uncovered a major property deal, through which the Greek Orthodox […]

30 Mar

Fleeing Greek Orthodox treasurer says Patriarch Irinuos blessed, signed the deal

March 30, 2005 10:37 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The former Greek Orthodox Church treasurer Nicolas Papadimos, who fled the country after concluding a deal selling major church property in Jerusalem to Jewish investors, told Tuesday a Greek newspaper he was following the orders of Patriarch Irinuos. Papadimos told Encos newspaper that Irinous personally approved the $130 million deal. […]

26 Mar

Protestors in Nazareth call the Greek Orthodox Patriarch to Step Down

March 26, 2005 12:00 PM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Thousands of Palestinians from Nazareth area in the upper Galilee took the streets of the city protesting the alleged sales deal though which the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate sold major church property in Jerusalem to Jewish Investors. Protestors, who gathered near St. Mary’s church in town, carried banners against ‘Judaising’ Jerusalem, […]

25 Mar

Top Greek Orthodox Church leader calls Patriarch Irinous to step down

March 25, 2005 3:03 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The General Secretary of the Greek Orthodox Chruch Archbishop Arastachios called Thursdays Patriarch Irinous to resign following the scandal of a ‘viscous’ land bargain in Jerusalem, through which major church properties were sold to Jewish investors. ‘Patriarch Irinous should resign in order to protect the reputation and integrity of the […]

20 Mar

PA to investigate the Greek Orthodox Church’ Jerusalem bargain

March 20, 2005 3:21 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Palestinian cabinet decided Saturday to for a committee to investigate the selling of Omer Ben Al-Khatab square in East Jerusalem to Jewish investors. Most of the sold property belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church. Many Palestinian Christian leaders called upon the Palestinian cabinet to take immediate measures to reveal […]

19 Mar

Greek Orthodox Church sold a Jerusalem’ square to Jewish investors

March 19, 2005 1:39 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv revealed in a report published on Friday that the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem secretly sold Omar Ben Al-Khatab square to Jewish investors. The square includes restaurants, shops and two hotels.   According to Ma’ariv, the main figure behind the bargain was Nicolas Papadimas, a close aid to […]

19 Jan

Armenians Orthodox Begin Christmas Celebrations in Bethlehem

The Orthodox Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, Nourhan Manougian, arrived on Friday, at noon, in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, marking the start of Palestine’s Armenian Christians’ celebrations of Christmas and Epiphany. Manougian’s procession left from the Armenian Patriarchate, located in the Old City of Jerusalem, and made its way to Manger Square. […]

06 Jan

Orthodox Churches Begin Christmas Celebrations

Patriarchs of the various Orthodox churches in Jerusalem led processions to Bethlehem on Sunday, for the Midnight Mass at the Church of Nativity, WAFA reported. In anticipation of Christmas Eve, police are on high alert and deployed around the city in the main streets and junctions to ensure security. Palestinian […]

15 Jan

Central Council: Orthodox Christian Property Sales are Documented

The Central Council of the Orthodox Christians in Jordan and Palestine said, on Sunday, that it has documents proving that strategic properties of Patriarchate in Jerusalem had been sold to Israel. In a letter sent to the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), the Orthodox Christian body said that the documents also […]

07 Jan

Orthodox Leaders Arrive in Bethlehem for Beginning of Christmas Celebration

Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III arriving in Bethlehem for Christmas celebrations. (WAFA photos/Ahmed Mizher)  Orthodox churches celebrating Christmas according to the Eastern calendar completed, on Saturday, their arrival at the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, marking the start of Christmas celebrations. The Syrian Orthodox Patriarchal Vicar of the Holy Land […]

27 Oct

Orthodox Church Sells Off More Property

Orthodox Christian properties in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Caesara are being sold at very low and questionable prices to companies in offshore tax havens. Documents obtained by the Israeli newspaper appear to show an unknown company purchased a three story office building on King David Street, in Jerusalem, for $850,000 – […]

12 Apr

Orthodox Christians Celebrate ‘Holy Fire’ in Jerusalem

April 12, 2015 5:10 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, News Report, Palestine 0

Thousands of Christian pilgrims filled Jerusalem’s ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher, on Saturday, for the ‘Holy Fire’ ceremony which marks the eve of Orthodox Easter.The ceremony, celebrated by Palestinian Christians across the Holy Land, takes place each year on ‘Holy Saturday,’ or ‘Saturday of Light’ in Arabic, marking the […]

07 Jan

Orthodox Christians commemorate Christmas; snowy weather in Bethlehem

January 7, 2015 3:57 AM Celine Hagbard Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

A rare ‘White Christmas’ was celebrated Tuesday evening by Orthodox Christians in Bethlehem. The snow did not hinder the festivities, which were carried out as planned.Under the Eastern Orthodox calendar, Christmas is celebrated on December 7th, with Christmas eve services taking place on December 6th. As RT reports, January 7 […]

28 Sep

Orthodox Patriarchate Denounces Israeli Attempts To Fragment Palestinians

September 28, 2014 6:12 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Greek Orthodox Christian Patriarchate in occupied Jerusalem issued a press release denouncing the Israeli draft law for considering Aramaic Christians as a “nationality’, and said that Israel is attempting to fragment Palestinians in general and, in particular, Palestinian Christians.Father Issa Musleh, spokesperson of the Christian Orthodox Church in occupied […]

15 Apr

As Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter, Archbishop denounces Israeli restrictions

April 15, 2012 7:34 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Thousands of Orthodox Christians gathered in Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Friday through Sunday for the celebration of the Easter holiday, which is celebrated one week later than the Latin churches Easter holiday. Greek Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna issued a statement condemning the Israeli restrictions on Christians trying to celebrate Easter […]

07 Jan

Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem

January 7, 2012 3:14 PM Saed Bannoura Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

Christmas celebrations for the Orthodox community got underway in Bethlehem on Friday, January 6th, which marks Christmas Eve for Orthodox Christians around the world. Bishops, patriarchs, political leaders and pilgrims arrived in the city to celebrate the holiday.Over 2,000 scouts from all over the West Bank arrived with their marching […]

22 Jun

Jewish Businessmen Negotiating With Orthodox Patriarchate To Renew Jerusalem Land Leases

Israeli sources reported that a number of Jewish businessmen are holding talks with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem, controlled and dominated by the Orthodox Patriarchate in Greece, with the goal of renewing land leases in the city. Some of Israel’s main government buildings, such as the Knesset, the president’s […]

07 Jan

Bethlehem celebrates Orthodox Christmas, local Christians protest at the Manger Square

January 7, 2010 1:57 AM Ghassan Bannoura Bethlehem, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

Scores flocked on Wednesday to the Manger Square in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem celebrating Christmas according to the Gregorian calender. As the Greek Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Theophilos III, made his way to the nativity church local Palestinian orthodox Christians protested his visit. The gathered crowed holding […]

07 Jan

Palestinians celebrate the Orthodox Christmas

January 7, 2008 4:12 AM Ghassan Bannoura Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

The city of Bethlehem marked the beginning of the celebration for the Orthodox Christmas on Sunday. Local Palestinians and international visitors flocked to the city from the early morning. Boy scouts bands from several parts of the West Bank played drums and Scottish bagpipes as they marched through the city. […]

13 Jul

Orthodox Patriarch seizes church compound, Abbas approves dismissal

July 13, 2005 4:30 PM IMEMC & Agencies Cartoon, Jerusalem, Miscellaneous 0

Irineos I, the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem who is fighting efforts to remove him from the position, entered the Patriarchate compound in Jerusalem on Wednesday, accompanied with a group of guards, and took over the room that used to be his office, Israeli media sources reported. A scuffle erupted between […]

07 Jul

Greek Patriarchate to replace the ousted Irineos I

July 7, 2005 8:19 AM IMEMC & Agencies Cartoon, Jerusalem, Miscellaneous 0

The Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Jerusalem announced its intention to select a new patriarch to replace Irineos I, who was ousted by the church last month. The selection process will not begin in practice until an answer is received from Jordan, whose 1958 law regulates the patriarchate. An official announcement […]

30 May

Orthodox Church leaders select a temporal patriarch

Leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church in the Holy Land unanimously selected on Monday Archbishop Cornelios, the head of the church’s ecclesiastical court, as a temporary replacement for the embattled patriarch Irineos I. The Greek government has from its side turned up pressure on the patriarch, Irineos I, to resign, […]

25 May

Istanbul’s highest Orthodox convention dismisses patriarch Irineos I

The highest Christian convention of Orthodox Patriarchs decided Tuesday to dismiss Jerusalem Patriarch Irineos I over responsibility for the latest major Jerusalem property deal with Jewish investors. 13 of the 16 orthodox patriarchs approved the dismissal of Irinous I. Greek Orthodox Church dismisses patriarch Dismissed Greek Orthodox Patriach Irinoes I […]

14 Apr

Greek Government Fires Patriarch Irenious

April 14, 2005 5:04 AM IMEMC & Agencies Cartoon, Jerusalem, Miscellaneous 0

Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, published in London, revealed information that the Greek government decided to fire the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem Irenious the first from his post over the latest revealed sales deals of the Patriarchate property in the old city to Jewish investors. The newspaper said the […]

08 Apr

Arab Orthodox conference calls Patriarch Irinious I ‘a traitor’

April 8, 2005 1:46 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, News Report, Palestine 0

In a conference held in the city of Nazareth on Thursday night, the local Roman Orthodox denomination accused Patriarch Irinuis I of selling church properties to the Jewish Agency and of stealing church money, demanding his resignation and the nullifying of the suspicious deal. ‘The one who helps Israel eliminate […]

02 Apr

Archbishop Hanna Calls For Releasing All Detainees As Coronavirus Detected In Prison

Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of occupied Jerusalem, Attallah Hanna, issued a statement calling on Israel to release the Palestinian political prisoners in its jails, especially after a recently released detainee was found to be infected with the Coronavirus. The Archbishop said that Israel must release all […]

20 Feb

Archbishop Hanna: “We Urge All Churches Globally To Reject Deal Of The Century”

Archbishop of Sebastia Diocese Of the Greek Orthodox Church in occupied Jerusalem, Attallah Hanna, welcomed a delegation of the World Council of Churches at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the adjacent cathedral, and urged them, along with all churches, to denounce the so-called “Deal of the Century” and […]

11 Feb

Archbishop Hanna: “Jerusalem Is Not For Sale”

Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Father Atallah Hanna, stated on Tuesday morning, that the so-called “Deal of the Century” of U.S. President D. Trump, is a conspiracy and an attempt to eliminate all inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, and added that “Jerusalem is not […]

31 Dec

Analysis: Who is Archbishop Atallah Hanna, and Why Does Israel Hate Him?

By Ramzy Baroud for Middle East Monitor “They will run and not grow weary,” is a quote from the Bible (Isaiah, 40:41) that adorns the homepage of Kairos Palestine. This important document, which parallels a similar initiative emanating from South Africa during the anti-apartheid struggle years, has come to represent […]

26 Dec

‘The Last Generation’: How Occupation is Driving Christians out of Palestine

By Peter Oborne for Middle East Eye One week before Christmas. I’m in Manger Square and watching pilgrims descend from buses and make their way to the Church of the Nativity, first built in the fourth century, on the spot where, according to Christian tradition, the infant Jesus was born. […]

24 Dec

Thousands Gather in Bethlehem for Christmas Celebrations

December 24, 2019 7:35 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

Thousands of Palestinians and tourists gathered on Tuesday, at Manger Square, in Bethlehem, marking the start of Christmas eve. Local faithful and pilgrims gathered at the square, outside the Church of the Nativity, where a 15-meter Christmas tree had been erected, and along the narrow cobble-stoned route, known as Star […]

20 Dec

Report: Palestine Archbishop Atallah Hanna Suffers the Effects of Tear-gas Inhalation

According to Quds TV, the Head of the Sebastia Diocese of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, Archbishop Atallah Hanna, was reportedly hospitalised on Wednesday, after being exposed to chemical substances, Middle East Monitor reported. The Archbishop was rushed to hospital after an Israeli gas canister was fired into his […]

14 Dec

No Visits to Holy Sites for Christians in Gaza

Christians from the Gaza Strip will not be allowed to visit holy sites in Bethlehem and Jerusalem to celebrate Christmas this year, the so-called Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced Thursday. Only Christians over the age of 45 will be eligible for a permit to travel […]

25 Jun

Archaeological Piece Discovered during Restoration Works in Nativity Church

During a press conference that was held at the Nativity Church, in the presence of representatives from the three main churches that hold custodial rights to the Nativity Church, Minister Ziad Al Bandak, Head of the Presidential Committee for the Restoration of the Nativity Church, stated that the restoration works […]

02 Mar

Israeli Excavations In Silwan Continue To Cause Serious Damage To Palestinian Property

The recent heavy rain fall has, once again, has revealed the serious damage caused by the ongoing illegal Israeli excavations in occupied Jerusalem, especially the tunnels under the Palestinian homes in Wadi Hilweh neighborhood, in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) […]

12 Jan

Israeli Police Fire Tear Gas at Palestinian Christians Protesting Israeli Exhibit Mocking Jesus Christ

Hundreds of Palestinian Christians and their supporters gathered Friday in Haifa, in northern Israel, to protest an Israeli exhibit that featured Ronald McDonald taking the place of Jesus on the cross. The so-called “McJesus” exhibit was created by Finnish artist Jani Leinon, and has been on display at a gallery […]

03 Jan

Archbishop Hanna: Palestinian Christians Are Not Communities In Their Homeland

The Archbishop of Sebastia, from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Atallah Hanna, stated that the Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land weren’t communities in their lands.   During his receive to the journalists on Tuesday, Hanna added, “We are not communities, neither minorities, in our holy land.”   Hanna […]

14 Dec

Israeli Excavations Damage Palestinian Village

Palestinians in Silwan examine new holes in the landscape next to the City of David, December 8, 2018. Photo credit: Wadi Hilweh Information Center. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT DECEMBER 14, 2018 Palestinians discover damage to a parking lot next to the settlement-cum-archeological site City of David. Israeli archeological excavations have led to […]

14 Sep

Hanna: “Israel Is Practicing Ethnic Cleansing In Al-Khan Al-Ahmar”

Archbishop Attallah Hanna of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in occupied Jerusalem, said that what Israel is doing against the Palestinians in the al-Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin community is an act of ethnic cleansing, part of Israel’s illegal policies against the Palestinians. His statements came during a meeting with the European Parliament […]

16 Aug

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (09 – 15 August 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 09 – 15 August, 2018. Israeli warplanes fired 60 missiles targeting many areas in the Gaza Strip; a Pregnant woman and her baby were killed, and 25 other civilians, including 4 children and 4 […]

15 Aug

Israel Seizes Palestinian Farmland for ‘Gardening Purposes’

An Israeli flyer outlining Palestinian land to be confiscated, August 10, 2018. Photo credit: Wadi Hilweh Information Center. POSTED BY: ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER AUGUST 14, 2018 Palestinians say that Israeli authorities in Jerusalem barred them from tending to their plants in the area targeted for confiscation. On August 10, 2018, the Israeli […]

11 Aug

Israel Illegally Confiscates Dozens Of Dunams Of Palestinian Lands In Silwan

The City Council in occupied Jerusalem issued orders for the illegal annexation of dozens of Dunams of Palestinian lands in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the pretext of using them for “gardening, irrigation pipes, roads and public gardens.” The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has […]

11 Aug

Israeli Municipality to Seize East Jerusalem Lands, Including GOC

The Israeli municipality of occupied Jerusalem decided, on Friday, to approve the seizure dozens of dunams of land in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, according to Wadi Hilweh Information Center. WHIC said staff of the Israeli municipality distributed notices informing local citizens about the municipality’s intention to take the […]

04 Aug

Church Leaders Express Concern over Jewish Nation-State Law

Heads of churches in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories have reacted with dismay and concern to the Israeli Knesset’s adoption, on 19 July, 2018, of a new Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People, which specifies that “The right to exercise national self-determination in the State […]

19 Jun

Soldiers Attack A Celebration Of The Palestinian Russian Friendship Society In Jerusalem

A large police force and intelligence officers invaded, on Monday evening, a hall at the Ambassador Hotel in occupied East Jerusalem, attacked a celebration held by the Palestinian Russian Friendship Society, and detained several Palestinians. The participants were celebrating the Russian National Day, before the officers stormed the hotel and […]

01 Mar

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (22 – 27 February 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 22 – 27 February, 2018. Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian while arresting him when no danger to the soldiers’ life had been posed. 10 shooting incidents targeting the Palestinian fishing boats off the […]

01 Mar

Church of the Sepulcher Reopens as Israeli State Halts Tax Move

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher reopened its doors, as the Israeli Prime Minister, along with the Mayor of West Jerusalem Israeli municipality, Nir Barkat, said they will “formulate a solution, announcing a suspension of the collection actions it has taken in recent weeks. In response, the leaders of the […]

29 Jan

Archbishop Hanna says Conspiracies against Jerusalem Will Fail

Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem has said that all conspiracies against Jerusalem will fail, stressing that US policy regarding the eMiddle East is “ugly.” “The history, heritage, identity, holy sites and endowments of Jerusalem are targeted,” said Archbishop Atalla Hanna. He added that there is a plan […]

19 Jan

Armenian Patriarch Arrives in Bethlehem to Usher in Further Christmas Celebrations

January 19, 2018 3:15 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

The Orthodox Armenian patriarch of Jerusalem, Nourhan Manougian, arrived on Thursday at Manager Square in Bethlehem, heading a procession of Armenian clergy and notables, ushering in the start of Armenian Christmas celebrations and the Feast of the Epiphany. Manougian’s procession started from the Armenian Patriarchate, located within the Monastery of […]

16 Jan

Palestinian Leadership Decides to Suspend Recognition of and Cooperation with Israel

The second-highest decision-making body of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) decided Monday to call on the executive committee to suspend recognition of Israel until Israel recognizes the existence of Palestine, and annuls its annexation of Jerusalem, marking the latest fallout from Donald Trump’s December 6th claim of Jerusalem as the […]

07 Jan

VIDEO: Palestinian Christians Protest Patriarch Who Sold Church Land to Israel

Palestinian Christians from around the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Israel came out in harsh opposition, Saturday, to a visit by Greek Orthodox Church Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, to the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem. Theophilos III, along with several other religious and political figures, were […]

05 Jan

Bethlehem: Custos of Holy Land Arrives for Epiphany

January 5, 2018 11:30 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

Custos of the Holy Land Father Francesco Patton arrived on Friday, in Bethlehem, in anticipation of Epiphany, which takes place on January 6. Patton headed the annual procession of Epiphany, which started in the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem and made its way to Manger Square in Bethlehem, passing through a massive […]

25 Dec

Pope Francis Calls for Peace in Jerusalem on Christmas

Pope Francis called for peace in Jerusalem and throughout the holy land in his traditional Christmas Urbi et Orbi speech, which, in Latin, means: “To the city and world.” According to Agence-France Presse (AFP), the Pope expressed hope, , from Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican city, that the “will to […]

23 Dec

Christian Leaders: No Peace Without Jerusalem

Christian leaders stressed, on Saturday, the centrality of Jerusalem to all three monotheistic religions, denouncing the United States for declaring it the capital of Israel. Speaking at a press conference in Bethlehem as Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas at the site where Jesus Christ is traditionally believed to have been […]

14 Aug

Patriarch: Court Ruling on Church Property Politically Motivated

Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III said, Sunday, that a two-week old Israeli District Court ruling upholding a 99-year lease of church property in Jerusalem’s Old City, to Jewish settler organizations, is politically motivated. Theophilos said, at a press conference in the Jordanian capital of Amman, that this legal battle, which […]

17 Jul

Israel Is Not As Christian-Friendly As You Think

By Kathryn Shihadah, If Americans Knew – The New Testament records that Jesus Christ took two loaves of bread and five fish, and fed five thousand people. Ancient believers identified the place where they believe this miracle happened and built a church on the site. Today the Church of the Multiplication […]

02 Jul

Jerusalem: Jordanian MPs Call for Cancellation of Christian Endowment Sale to Israel

Greek Orthodox Patriarch said, in a statement, that it did not sell any lands or properties in its ownership. Jordanian members of Parliament called on bot Jordanian and Palestinian governments to exert pressure, on the Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Jerusalem, to cancel the sale of more than 500 dunams of […]

17 Apr

As Christians Around the World Celebrate Easter in Jerusalem, Palestinian Christians Are Barred from Attending

Thousands of Christian followers of the Orthodox and Catholic faiths from all over the world, gathering at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Old City, celebrated Easter Holy Saturday with the emergence of the holy fire from the location of the tomb believed to be that ofJesus Christ. […]

17 Nov

Video: “Israeli Colonists Cause Damage To The Church of Holy Sepulcher, Attempt To Occupy It”

Many extremist illegal Israeli colonists, living in an outpost above the Church of Holy Sepulcher, in occupied Jerusalem, attacked the church property, causing damage, and attempted to occupy a room belonging to the church. The attack caused excessive damage to the church property, while priests and church officials called the […]

22 Sep

Distortions of Palestinian Identity: ‘The Merry Christmas People’

When Palestinian Minister of Sports and Youth Jabril Rajoub called Palestinian Christians ‘the Merry Christmas people’ he fueled the problematic debate of who is truly Palestinian. by Nassar Ibrahim Usually I do not engage in discussions that challenge my sense of national or social dignity. For instance, I am not […]

25 May

Burqin to Arraba

May 25, 2016 9:40 AM Siraj Center Visit Palestine 0

Here, the visitor can explore an ancient stately palace with impressive architecture and hidden doors for secret passages.

17 Mar

Wadi Qelt and St. George Monastery

Another breathtaking hike through nature, flora and fauna is that through Wadi Qelt. The hiker can only traverse Wadi Qelt from west to east, walking in its deep gorge. Since ancient times, this route has been used by people to travel from Jericho to Jerusalem. Today, it is being used […]

01 Mar

Mar Saba – Saint Saba

A short drive from Bethlehem can take you to one of the most beautiful desert monasteries in the Holy Land. The Greek Orthodox monastery of St. Saba, Mar Saba in Arabic, was founded on the cliffs of the Kidron Valley by Saint Saba of Cappadocia in 483 AD. After that, […]

09 Feb

Campaign to Reconstruct Palestinian Demolished Homes Kick-Starts in West Bank

Palestinians, on Monday, launched a campaign to raise funds for the reconstruction of several demolished family homes of Palestinians killed by Israeli police in Jerusalem, since the beginning of October, 2015.Donation boxes were placed on well-trodden streets in al-‘Izzariya, Bethlehem and Hebron to collect donations. Fundraising was expected to last […]

09 Jan

2015: A Dangerous Escalation at Al-Aqsa Mosque

January 9, 2016 7:14 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Wadi Hilweh Information Center has issued their 2015 yearly report and monitored the main events in the city of Jerusalem, with special attention given to Israeli violations against Jerusalemites and their properties.The center explained, in its report, that occupation authorities escalated their violations in 2015, a year which witnessed major […]

23 Dec

After 2,000 Years, Christians Disappearing from Gaza

Dim lighting and candles softly illuminate decorative tapestries as the smell of incense fills the air and the harmonic sound of hundreds singing in unison drifts onto a busy street next to an overflowing church on a wet and windy Sunday morning.Despite the packed pews at Gaza’s Church of St. […]

29 Aug

Archbishop Hanna Attends Protest over Settlement Plans for Church Compound

Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna was among a number of political and religious leaders to take part in a march Saturday protesting the purchase, by Israeli settlers, of a Christian church compound in the southern occupied West Bank.The 38-dunam (9.3 acre) compound, known as Beit al-Baraka, is located to the north […]

23 Aug

Beit Jala Rally Violently Suppressed by Israeli Soldiers

Several Palestinians, Sunday, suffocated as Israeli army forces violently quelled a peaceful rally to protest the Israeli illegal expropriation of Beit Jala lands for the purpose of expanding construction of the apartheid wall.Christian and Muslim religious high ranking figures, locals, and activists participated in the rally, which took place at […]

28 Jun

Israeli Soldiers Detain Archbishop Hanna

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, Saturday, Archbishop of Sebastia of the Greek Orthodox Church of occupied Jerusalem, Theodosius Attallah Hanna, and held him for several hours in the Etzion military and security base, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.Father Hanna was participating in a nonviolent protest […]

03 Jun

Extremist Jews Ban Christian Prayer in Jerusalem

June 3, 2015 12:51 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli Jews banned, on Monday, Christian prayer at holy site of Jesus’ Last Supper, calling it “pagan ceremony.”Witnesses said that clashes erupted between the Israeli Jews and Christians –Palestinian and Israelis– when the Christians wanted to perform their prayer. The extremists said the Christian worshippers were desecrating their holy site […]

05 Apr

Palestinian Christian leaders criticize Israeli restrictions on Easter celebration

April 5, 2015 5:33 AM Celine Hagbard Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

The archbishop of the Sebastian Greek Orthodox Church, Atallah Hanna, addressed crowds in the town of al-Ezzariya (Lazarus) on Saturday, condemning the Israeli restrictions on Easter celebrations, and calling on Christians around the world to pray and to voice their support for their Christian brethren in Palestine.The speech by Archbishop […]

05 Apr

Archbishop Hanna Invokes Peace Amid Holy Week Chaos

Orthodox Christian pilgrims from around the world have begun arriving in Jerusalem to take part in Easter celebrations.Pilgrims included Christians from Russia, Greece, Romania, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Serbia and other countries. The archbishop of the Sebastian Greek Orthodox Church, Atallah Hanna, addressed crowds of pilgrims celebrating Lazarus Saturday in the al-Eizariya […]

08 Feb

Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Palestine and Israel’s Policy of Apartheid

February 8, 2015 3:51 AM IMEMC & Agencies Arab World, Holy sites, Human Interest 0

Near Madaba, Jordan, and connected to the Jordan River, is Bethany Beyond the Jordan (Al-Maghtas in Arabic). It is a bustling attraction constantly inundated with tourists: those who come every January for the Epiphany/Theophany celebrations, those who desire to glance at the site where Jesus was baptized by John the […]

18 Jan

US Racial Justice Activists Rally in Nazareth

A group of activists for racial justice in the United States have released a video filmed in Nazareth, in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle against Israeli apartheid.According to Ma’an News Agency, the video was filmed at the conclusion of a ten-day tour by representatives of groups associated with black rights […]

01 Jan

Dozens, Including Children, Kidnapped Across West Bank and Jerusalem, Dormition Abbey Vandalized

Israeli forces, on Wednesday, abducted dozens of Palestinians, including minors, from various districts in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. Several injuries and other violations by Israeli forces and extremist settlers were reported.WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency reports that Israeli police raided ath-Thuri neighborhood, in Silwan, where they arrested […]

20 Dec

Thousands March Through Jerusalem’s Old City Following Prayers at Al Aqsa

December 20, 2014 8:24 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Tens of thousands of Palestinians performed afternoon prayers at Al Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, Friday, and later marched through the streets of the Old City in protest against Israeli policies banning Muslim worshipers.The director of the Al Aqsa told Ma’an News Agency that the number of worshipers at […]

22 Nov

Archbishop Hanna Calls For International Recognition Of Palestinian Rights

Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church in Palestine, Archbishop of Sebastia (Theodosius) Attallah Hanna, called on the world community to fully recognize all legitimate Palestinian rights of liberation and independence.Archbishop Hanna said what is happening in Jerusalem, the deadly escalation in the city, stems from Israel’s ongoing injustice, and violations, […]

09 Nov

Church Leaders Express Concern Over Escalation of Violence in Jerusalem

On November 6, 2014, Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem published a statement expressing their unease with the recent outbreak of violence and rapid deterioration of the situation in the Holy City. They have also called for the respect of the Status Quo, according to the PNN, especially on […]

12 Oct

Palestinian Christian Leaders: Europe Must Recognize the State of Palestine

October 12, 2014 1:38 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human Interest, Human rights, Palestine 0

In a Middle East region that continues to suffer from the consequences of violence, the people of Palestine continue to live under occupation and in exile, the Palestinian News Network reports. Palestinian Christians, the descendants of the first Christians, are an integral part of the Palestinian people, and continue to […]

09 Oct

Archbishop Hanna: “Attack On Al-Aqsa Targets Palestinian History And Identity”

October 9, 2014 3:49 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Archbishop Attallah Hanna, of the Greek Orthodox Church in occupied Palestine and Jerusalem, strongly denounced the Israeli military and fanatic Israeli groups who attacked and invaded the al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.Hanna said that the attack is a very serious violation targeting, again, not only one of the holiest Islamic […]

19 Aug

Several Palestinians Kidnapped In West Bank, Settlers Attack Cars

August 19, 2014 1:26 PM Saed Bannoura Israeli attacks, News Report, West Bank 0

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, Tuesday, several Palestinians in the occupied West Bank during numerous invasions targeting various Palestinian communities. A number of fanatic settlers hurled stones at Palestinian cars near Bethlehem, while the army bulldozed lands near Bethlehem.Head of the Nablus office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), Ra’ed ‘Amer, stated […]

25 May

660 Gaza Christians Allowed into West Bank to See Pope

Israeli authorities have allowed 660 Christians from Gaza to see Pope Francis, on Sunday, in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.According to Al Ray, the Ministry of Interior has reported that dozens of Christians left Gaza on Friday, via Erez crossing, in the northern Gaza Strip, saying that new […]

19 May

Hamas Leader: Palestinian Muslims, Christians United

Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk, a senior member of the Hamas political bureau, says all Palestinians, regardless of religious diversities, are sailing on the same boat.Abu Marzouk, making a visit to the Greek Orthodox Church in Gaza, on Monday, said that all Palestinians, including Muslims and Christians, are in the target […]

12 May

Palestinian Priest Fired for Supporting Israeli Army

The Greek Orthodox church has officially dismissed a Palestinian priest who publicly promoted service in the Israeli army, by Christians, according to a church spokesman. Spokesman Issa Musleh said that ecclesiastical authorities decided, this past Tuesday, to sack Father Gabriel Nadaf from his post in Nazareth, but were only now […]

01 Oct

Israeli Extremists Destroy Gravestone At Christian Cemetery In Jerusalem

October 1, 2013 3:08 PM Saed Bannoura Israeli attacks, Jerusalem, News Report 0

[Tuesday at dawn October 1, 2013] For the second time in two days, extremist Israeli settlers broke a gravestone in a Christian Cemetery that belongs to the Latin Patriarchate in occupied East Jerusalem. Extremists also slashed tires of six cars.Resident Amjad Ka’mash, stated that dozens of settlers were celebrating in […]

30 Sep

Israeli Extremists Destroy Christian Gravestones In Jerusalem

September 30, 2013 11:40 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Sunday [September 29, 2013] A number of Israeli extremists invaded a Christian Cemetery in occupied Jerusalem, and destroyed several gravestones before Israeli police officers chased, and apprehended them.The Radio Bethlehem 2000 has reported that four students of a Jewish Yeshiva in the area carried out the attack. Their ages are […]

22 Sep

Israeli Extremists Puncture Tires Of Palestinian Cars In Jerusalem

September 22, 2013 3:38 PM IMEMC News Israeli Settlement, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Sunday at dawn [September 22, 2013] A group of extremist settlers punctured tires of six Palestinian cars belonging to residents of Sheikh Jarrah, in the center of occupied Jerusalem, and wrote racist graffiti at a wall in the neighborhood.Local sources have reported that the cars belong to members Salem, Zahran, […]

27 Aug

Price Tag Extremists Puncture Tires Of Ten Cars In Jerusalem

[Tuesday August 27, 2013] Local sources in Beit Safafa town, in occupied East Jerusalem, has reported that a group of extremist Israeli settlers punctured the tires of 10 Palestinian cars in the town, and wrote racist “Price Tag” graffiti.The attack apparently took place late at night, or at dawn, as […]