Saturday, January 6, during movement of the train of the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III to the venue of the festive service in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (Bethlehem) a group of Arabs threw a black limousine of the Patriarch with stones.
To restore public order attempted employees of the Palestinian security services.
Despite the unpleasant incident, Theophilos III, arrived safely to the Basilica and joined the heads of the Syrian and Coptic Orthodox churches.
As reported by the Palestinian Agency Maan, a similar incident occurred for the first time. According to the Agency, the rioters are protesting against transactions, which resulted in the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate sells land for Israeli businessmen.
«Today we have gathered here to prevent to enter the Church traitor Theophilus,» said Salamah Shahin, an activist of the Arab Orthodox youth. His words are quoted by the Daily Star, citing AFP. «This man needs to stand trial because he betrayed his country, betrayed the Church and betrayed his principles,» said Shaheen.
Recall that in June last year, thanks to a lawsuit against the Metropolitan government filed in the Jerusalem district court, became aware of the major real estate transactions concluded six years ago, and having not only economic but also political aspect.
It turned out that the Greek Patriarchate was sold to the group of Israeli investors plots with a total area of 50 hectares, located in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Rehavia, Talbia and Niot. These areas since 1951, leased the Jewish national Fund.
In total there are about 200 plots: they are located theatre «Khan», part of the Israel Museum, the Central synagogue, the center of the heritage of Menachem begin and other public buildings.
The amount of the transaction, concluded in 2011 by Patriarch Theophilus the Third, not reported. Unknown and names of buyers.
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