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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 […]

25 Feb

Updated: Church of the Holy Sepulcher Closes in Protest of Israeli Policies

Jerusalem’s Christian leaders, Sunday, decided to close the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, in the old City of Jerusalem, in protest of Israel’s tax policy and a proposed land appropriation law. Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, in the name of all of Jerusalem’s Churches’ leaders and Patriarchs, announced in a […]

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 […]

24 Apr

Israeli Police Shoot a Tourist in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

April 24, 2010 10:12 PM Saed Bannoura Jerusalem, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

The Israeli police shot and wounded on Saturday a tourist who reportedly attempted to stab a police officer in the Church Of Holy Sepulcher. The police claimed that the policemen had no choice but to shoot the tourist as he refused to drop the knife and attempted to attack some […]

04 Dec

Jordan Protests Over Excavation At The Church Of Holy Sepulcher

December 4, 2009 9:56 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Holy sites, News Report 0

Jordan filed an official complaint to Israel demanding it to stop the excavations and renovations at the Church of Holy Sepulcher in East Jerusalem.The letter was handed to the Israeli Ambassador to Jordan on Thursday after he was summoned to the Jordanian Foreign Ministry in Amman. The Hashemite Kingdom said […]

29 Apr

Ten injured near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

April 29, 2005 6:12 PM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

{mosimage}Friday afternoon, at least ten Palestinian residents were injured after the Israeli police and soldiers attacked them with clubs in the yard of the church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, during the Greek Orthodox eater celebrations. The National Christian Coalition in Jerusalem organized a protest against the land deal […]

Christians in Gaza celebrate Easter (image from Ma'an)
21 Apr

Israel Denies All Gaza Christians Travel Permits to Jerusalem for Easter

For the first time, Israeli authorities decided this year to deny all travel permits to Palestinian Christians from Gaza to celebrate Easter as they do each year, by processing from Bethlehem to Jerusalem to follow the path of Jesus in the Resurrection. The number of permits issued by the occupying […]

25 Oct

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (18 – 24 October 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of (18 – 24 October, 2018. Israeli soldiers continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian youngster was killed in eastern Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza, […]

25 Oct

Holy Land Churches Denounce Israeli Police Conduct in Jerusalem

Churches in Jerusalem denounced, on Wednesday, Israeli police conduct with Coptic monks, demanding to hold accountable police officers involved in using force against the monks, according to a press release. Contacts were held  since the morning with many local, regional and international entities on the incident involving misconduct by Israeli policemen […]

16 Oct

Mayor of Bethlehem: PM Netanyahu’s Statement on Bethlehem and Palestinian Christians is Another Attempt at Distorting the Reality of Israeli Occupation

Mayor of Bethlehem, advocate Anton Salman said, in response to Sunday’s statements by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Bethlehem and the situation of Palestinian Christians, that such a statement “is another Israeli attempt at distorting the reality of the Israeli occupation and particularly the effects that Israeli policies have […]

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 […]

22 Aug

Erekat in Response to Trump: There is No Price for Jerusalem

Secretary of the Executive Committee for Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, responded to statements by US President Donald Trump and his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, about the removal of  Jerusalem from the negotiating table in the future by saying that there is no price for Jerusalem. Erekat […]

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

New Israeli Law to Allow Seizure of Christian Properties

The Islamic Christian Commission for the Support of Jerusalem and Holy Sites has warned of a draft law for a project which allows the Israeli occupation government to confiscate land sold by the Orthodox Church to private investors. According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, the organization stressed, in a […]

01 May

Report: Settler Gangs Escalating Aggression against Palestinians under Full US Bias

By Madeeha Araj/ National Bureau for the Defense of Land and Resisting Settlements (NBPRS)/PNN In the West Bank, settlement and terrorist activities continue against Palestinians and their property by “Pay the Price” groups, the most recent of which are the attacks on the towns of Ramon, Burin, Barqa and Beit Iksa, as […]

30 Mar

Israel’s Annexation Crusade in Jerusalem: The Role of Ma’ale Adumim and the E1 Corridor

by Zena Agha Overview In recent months, Israel has made a series of relentless attempts to annex settlements bordering Jerusalem. The most ambitious: The Greater Jerusalem bill, which sought to annex Ma’ale Adumim, Givat Zeev, Beitar Illit, and the Etzion bloc – a settlement cluster between Jerusalem and Hebron –and which was […]

30 Mar

Christians in Gaza Denied Access to Holy Week in Jerusalem

Palestinian Christians living in the Gaza Strip are being denied access to Jerusalem, by Israel, during Holy Week and the Easter weekend. Worship at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, in Jerusalem’s Old City, and held to be the most sacred ground in Christianity, carries special significance during the Easter […]

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 […]

26 Feb

Ashrawi: “Israeli Violations Against Churches Are Attacks Aimed At All Palestinians”

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) denounced the latest Israeli decision targeting churches and their property in occupied Jerusalem, and said that such violations not only target holy sites, but are attacks against all Palestinians. She said that freezing church assets in […]

10 Jun

Settlers Continue to Vandalize Palestinian Property in Jerusalem

Israeli Jewish settlers, Friday overnight, vandalized a number of Palestinian-owned cars in the Beit Safafa neighborhood, south of East Jerusalem. WAFA correspondence reported the settlers slashed the tires of several Palestinian-owned cars and spray-painted racist anti-Arab graffiti on walls in the neighborhood. Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is […]

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. […]

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 […]

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17 Nov

Palestine Today 11 17 2016

November 17, 2016 11:57 PM Ghassan Bannoura Audio report, Palestine 0

Download / Listen Here Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday, November, 17, 2016. Israeli troops searches homes and kidnap civilians from the West Bank while settlers try to occupy church property in Jerusalem. These stories, and more, coming up, stay […]

16 Apr

Vandals Attack Christian Cemetery in Kufr Birim

April 16, 2015 4:12 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Vandals have smashed gravestones at a Maronite Christian graveyard in a village near Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, Israeli police said on Wednesday.Police opened an investigation after receiving a report about damage to a number of graves at the Christian cemetery in Kufr Birim, spokeswoman Luba Samri said, indicating that […]

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 […]

06 Apr

Christians Worldwide Celebrate Easter in Jerusalem

April 6, 2015 3:53 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem urged Christians to stand firm in the face of tragedy, as worshipers massed for Easter Sunday at the site where they believe Jesus rose from the dead. Internationally, Pope Francis condemned the indifference and ‘complicit silence’ to extremist attacks on Christians as he presided over […]

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 […]

30 Mar

Israeli Soldiers Raid Palm Sunday Celebration in Beit Jala

Palm Sunday celebrations in Beit Jala were brought to an abrupt end, on Sunday, when Israeli troops raided the majority-Christian town near Bethlehem and began threatening locals.Palestinian policemen on duty near the celebrations were threatened by Israeli soldiers with arrest during the raid, which took place in the middle of […]

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 […]

14 Jun

Clashes at Al-Aqsa Solidarity Protest

Following Friday prayers in the Old City of Jerusalem, 28 Palestinians were injured and eight detained during fierce clashes which broke out after Israeli troops stormed Al-Aqsa mosque. Worshipers at the mosque began marching, on Friday, in solidarity with more than 125 Palestinian administrative detainees who have been on hunger […]

28 Apr

Extremist Israeli Settlers Break Into Israeli Military Base

Israeli sources reported Friday that a group of extremist Israeli settlers broke into an Israeli military base in the West Bank and wrote graffiti against the army before the soldiers managed to apprehend nine of them.Israeli paper, Maariv, reported that several settlers arrived at the base in order to protest […]

29 Apr

PCHR Weekly Report: Israeli forces wound 8 people; abduct 17, including 9 children, this week

April 29, 2011 5:52 PM Saed Bannoura Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 21 – 27 April 2011, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights found that 7 Palestinians and one Spanish peace activist were wounded by Israeli forces this week, and 13 people were abducted, […]

25 Apr

Palestinian Prime Minister celebrates Easter with promise of return to Jerusalem

April 25, 2011 3:00 AM Saed Bannoura Jerusalem, News Report, Palestine 0

The Palestinian Prime Minister of the appointed Fateh government in the West Bank, Salam Fayyad, told Christian worshipers in Bethlehem Sunday that it would not be long before the blockade would be lifted, and they would be able to celebrate Easter in Jerusalem as they had traditionally done for 2,000 […]

04 Apr

Hundreds Mark Holy Saturday Near Bethlehem, PM Salam Fayyad Join The Festivities

Hundreds of Palestinian Christians at the southern West Bank town of Biet Sahour near Bethlehem marked Holy Saturday. The festivities started as scout bands played music and marched throughout the streets of Biet Sahour. People of the town waited for the light to come from the church of the Holy […]

13 Mar

Palestinians Demand Entry to Jerusalem without permits during the Holy Week of Easter

March 13, 2010 12:42 AM George Rishmawi Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Palestinian Christian organizations, figures and many other Palestinians from the Jerusalem and the surrounding area have sent a letter on March 4, to the heads of churches in Jerusalem, demanding them to encourage all Christians in Palestine to enter Jerusalem for the Easter celebrations without applying for permits from the […]

28 Sep

40 Palestinians Wounded In Clashes With Israeli Soldiers In East Jerusalem

September 28, 2009 12:31 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israeli attacks, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Israeli police decided on Sunday to raise the so-called ‘alert’ level in Jerusalem after clashes with Palestinian worshipers at the Al Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem. 40 Palestinian were wounded, some seriously as the police fired rubber-coated bullets, gas bombs and round of live ammunition at them. Hundreds of […]

06 Apr

Mufti of Jerusalem: Israeli forces allow extremists to enter Al Aqsa Mosque under guise of tourism

April 6, 2007 6:57 PM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

For three days, dozens of fundamentalists from “Zion Christ” have stormed the courtyards of Al Aqsa Mosque under the heavy guard of Israeli police and special units. They went toward the Al Quds Funds and Waqf through the corridors. Another extremist group calling itself the “Temple Mount Trustees,” also attempted […]

03 Apr

Christian Orgnaizations slam Israeli attacks against worshipers

April 3, 2007 3:13 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Non-government Palestinian Christian Organization demanded on Monday the international community to act in order to stop the Israeli attacks and violations to the rights of Palestinian worshipers and the holy places in Jerusalem.!– @page { size: 21.59cm 27.94cm; margin: 2cm } P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } –>In their statement, the […]

09 May

Christian and Samaritan figures in Palestine denounce the siege, violations

Palestinian Christian and Samaritan figures appealed the International Community and Human Rights organizations to interfere in order to lift the Israeli unjust siege, and the isolation of the Palestinian people and their elected government. The figures stated in an urgent press release that the siege is illegal and contradicts with […]

22 Apr

Soldiers attack priests, Christians while celebrating Holy Saturday in Jerusalem

As Greek Orthodox Palestinian Christians were celebrating the Holy Saturday in Jerusalem, Israeli policemen attacked dozens of worshipers and priests near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and at the entrance of the Old City of Jerusalem. The Palestinian News Agency WAFA reported that soldiers and policemen present at the […]

16 Aug

Meanwhile, Israel grabs the rest of Jerusalem

JERUSALEM After more than 38 years of its oppressive military occupation of the Gaza Strip, Israel will soon begin evacuating the few thousand settlers who have been denying freedom to more than a million Palestinians there. Israel has marketed the Gaza withdrawal as yet another historic opportunity to jump-start the […]

25 May

Religion and the issue of Jerusalem

It has often been assumed that the problem of Jerusalem is exceptionally difficult because of religious claims made upon the Holy City and its holy sites by members of the three monotheistic religions. But the current mood of optimism in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a good reason for us to […]

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 […]

21 May

Palestinian Christians and Israel

Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem continue to attract the attention of Palestinians, Jordanians and Greeks alike. The decision by more than two thirds of the Holy Synod of the Church to expel Patriarch Irineos I from his position is the first in the church’s 2,000 year history. No one knows […]

17 May

Soccer Star Ronaldo visits Palestine

Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo was warmly received in the West Bank on Monday during his good will visit to the Palestinian territories and Israel. Ronaldo, the Real Madrid striker, the good will ambassador of the United Nations Development Program visited the West Bank city of Ramallah, and was welcomed by […]

10 May

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew recognizes dismissal of Irineuos

The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew recognized dismissal of the Jerusalem Patriarch Irineuos for his involvement in selling the church property in the old city of Jerusalem to Jewish Investors. Patriarch Bartholomew, the highest in the Greek church, wrote to Irineuos addressing him without his official title as ‘Patriarch’, which is a […]

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 […]

14 Apr

Trapped in our own land

There’s a popular Palestinian folk song called ‘Wein a Ramallah’ – we are going to Ramallah. It’s largely a nostalgic tune cherished by the Palestinian diaspora and sung at festivals to reflect the longing for Palestine. However, no one inside Palestine thought about it quite that way – at least […]

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

Pope John Paul II died Saturday at age 84

Vatican officials confirmed the death of Pope John Paul II, who led the Roman Catholic Church for more than 25 years, on Saturday at night, at the age of 84. The Pope died of kidney failure, in his Vatican apartment. Papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls confirmed the death of the Pope, […]

27 Apr

Easter in Beit Sahour

Easter should be a time of joy and celebration, yet for Christians in Beit Sahour and other parts of Palestine it is a time that tests one’s faith. It is a time to give thanks to God in the midst of endless uncertainty, humiliation, confinement and growing poverty. It is […]

13 Oct

Living Shield

The most dramatic moment arrived in the evening after Yom Kippur. We were sitting in the courtyard of Arafat’s Mukat’ah (compound); a group of Israeli peace activists and Palestinian friends, senior Palestinian Authority officials. A pleasant mild wind was blowing after a hot day. We were chatting about the situation […]