The Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem today condemned the city’s Israeli Magistrate Court’s decision to allow Jews to pray “silently” in Al-Haram Al-Sharif, which houses Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, the third holiest site in Islam, considering the decision as an offense on the sole rights of Muslims in the entire compound.
In a statement issued today, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches stated that such a decision affects the exclusive right of Muslims to their Holy Sanctuary and that the Churches of Jerusalem and their parishioners stand by their Muslim brothers and sisters in this injustice that has befallen upon them.
The Patriarchs and Heads of Churches also affirmed that the Islamic Waqf Department of the Jordanian Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Waqf, and Holy Sanctuaries is the only entity with the right to administer Al-Haram Al-Sharif and to allow or not to allow visits to it.
The Patriarchs and Heads of Churches of the Holy City also indicated that they view this unjust decision and its dangerous repercussions with the utmost seriousness regarding Al-Haram Al-Sharif, the Holy City, and the existing historical and legal status-quo in Jerusalem.
Israel razes Muslim grave in East Jerusalem cemetery
The Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem today infringed on the centuries-old al-Yousifieh Islamic cemetery in occupied East Jerusalem, according to Mustafa Abu Zahra, caretaker of the Islamic cemeteries in the holy city.
He said that a municipality occupation bulldozer today destroyed one of the graves and the bones were scattered.
Palestinians who were present in the area blocked the work of the bulldozer and forced it out of the area.
The Israeli municipality intends to build a park at the location of the cemetery, a step that has angered many residents of East Jerusalem who have loved ones buried in that cemetery.
In Early December 2020, a municipality bulldozer demolished the cemetery’s stone wall, a week after demolishing its stairway.
Jerusalem: pious Jew spits on Christians again
Christians in Jerusalem want Jews to stop spitting on them
A few weeks ago, a senior Greek Orthodox clergyman in Israel attended a meeting at a government office in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul quarter. When he returned to his car, an elderly man wearing a skullcap came and knocked on the window. When the clergyman let the window down, the passerby spat in his face.
The clergyman prefered not to lodge a complaint with the police and told an acquaintance that he was used to being spat at by Jews. Many Jerusalem clergy have been subjected to abuse of this kind. For the most part, they ignore it but sometimes they cannot.
On Sunday, a fracas developed when a yeshiva student spat at the cross being carried by the Armenian Archbishop during a procession near the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City. The archbishop’s 17th-century cross was broken during the brawl and he slapped the yeshiva student.