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Jerusalem suspends church tax collections, Holy Sepulchre to reopen

Jerusalem, Israel

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, revered as the site of Christ's crucifixion and burial, will reopen its doors after Israel backtracked on Tuesday from a tax plan and draft property legislation that Political persecution leads to the closure of The Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The office of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced the tax measure suspension in a statement. In response, the following statement was issued by Church leaders:

We, the heads of Churches in charge of the Holy Sepulcher and the Status Quo governing the various Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem - the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, the Custody of the Holy Land and the Armenian Patriarchate - give thanks to God for the statement released earlier today by Prime Minister Netanyahu and offer our gratitude to all those who have worked tirelessly to uphold the Christian presence in Jerusalem and to defend the Status Quo.

After the constructive intervention of the Prime Minister, The Churches look forward to engagewith Minister Hanegbi, and with all those who love Jerusalem to ensure that Our Holy City, where our Christian presence continues to face challenges, remains a place where the three Monotheistic faiths may live and thrive together.

Following these recent developments we hereby announce that the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, that is the site of the crucifixion of Our Lord and also of His Resurrection, will be reopened to the pilgrims tomorrow, February 28th, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Patriarch of Jerusalem

Custos of the Holy Land

Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem

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