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Warnings of ‘systematic try’ to drive Christianity out of the Holy Land

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, within the Christian Quarter of the Previous Metropolis of Jerusalem.(Picture: Unsplash/Robert Bye)

Jerusalem Church leaders have warned of “a scientific try” to drive Christianity out of the Holy Land. 

The warning was issued in an announcement on “the present risk to the Christian presence within the Holy Land” issued by the Patriarchs and leaders of native church buildings in Jerusalem. 

Within the assertion they voiced alarm over “frequent and sustained assaults” on clergy, church buildings and Christians within the Holy Land, together with acts of vandalism, and makes an attempt to intimidate believers.

The Church leaders blame the assaults on “fringe radical teams”.

“Since 2012 there have been numerous incidents of bodily and verbal assaults towards clergymen and different clergy, assaults on Christian church buildings, with holy websites often vandalised and desecrated, and ongoing intimidation of native Christians who merely search to worship freely and go about their each day lives,” the assertion reads.

“These techniques are being utilized by such radical teams in a scientific try to drive the Christian neighborhood out of Jerusalem and different elements of the Holy Land.”

Elsewhere the assertion says that radical teams are utilizing “underhanded dealings and intimidation techniques” to accumulate strategic property within the Christian Quarter and evict Christian residents from their properties “with the intention of diminishing the Christian presence” and “disrupting the historic pilgrim routes between Bethlehem and Jerusalem”. 

The Church leaders go on to thank the Israeli authorities for its dedication to upholding the safety of Christians within the Holy Land, however say that this isn’t being adopted via on the native stage.

“It’s subsequently a matter of grave concern when this nationwide dedication is betrayed by the failure of native politicians, officers and legislation enforcement companies to curb the actions of radical teams who often intimidate native Christians, assault clergymen and clergy, and desecrate Holy Websites and church buildings properties,” they are saying. 

The assertion ends with a name to the authorities to uphold the rule of legislation and set up “a particular Christian cultural and heritage zone” to “safeguard the integrity of the Christian Quarter in Previous Metropolis Jerusalem”. 

Responding to the assertion, the World Council of Church buildings (WCC) appearing common secretary Rev Dr Ioan Sauca mentioned Christians within the Holy Land have been a “threatened minority”.

“The assertion issued by the Patriarchs and Heads of Church buildings in Jerusalem highlights the growing risk to the Christian presence within the Holy Land posed by assaults and incursions by radical teams who search to destroy the non secular and cultural range of the area,” he mentioned. 

“Recognizing the gravity of the risk accelerating the already tragically steep decline within the Christian presence, the WCC strongly helps the church leaders’ name for an pressing dialogue with the political authorities of Israel, Palestine and Jordan with a view to addressing the challenges posed by radical teams and to defending and supporting the Christian neighborhood.”

He added: “The Christians of the Holy Land have to be revered and valued as a part of each the heritage and way forward for the area, and guaranteed the identical rights as others and protections acceptable to a threatened minority, for which the political authorities of the area are each legally and morally accountable.”

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