Greek Orthodox Church to challenge settler land sale

The Greek Orthodox Church is the second largest land owner in Israel, even owning the land that the Israeli parliament is built on

A controversial land sale in Jerusalem’s Old City between the Greek Orthodox Church and Israeli settlers, that angered Palestinians but was upheld by an Israeli court recently, will be challenged by the church.

Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch for Jerusalem, Palestine and Jordan, said at a press conference in Amman on Saturday night that they “reject publicly and clearly” the Jerusalem District Court’s decision two weeks ago. The ruling reignited the anger of Palestinian Christians about the secretive sale of two famous hotels and surrounding buildings near the Old City’s Jaffa Gate, by the former Patriarch Irenios I in 2005, which led him being stripped of his role and demoted to monk.
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