The Higher Presidential Committee of Church Affairs in Palestine has condemned the raising of an Israeli flag at the eastern entrance of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also known as the Church of the Resurrection, in occupied Jerusalem.

The committee asserted, in a press release, that this constitutes a clear violation of the sanctity of the holy site, which is added to the daily violations of Israeli occupation forces against the city of occupied Jerusalem.

According to Al Ray, the committee called for implementing the (Status Quo) law which guarantees the rights of all religious communities and groups in Jerusalem.

The law states not to raise any flags on  religious properties, and to prevent any Israeli attempts to confiscate these properties through these practices.

Historic Christian churches have been the target of frequent attacks of vandalism, and even arson, over recent years,by extremist Israeli settlers.  However, these attacks continue more or less unabated by the international Christian community.

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