Archbishop Atallah Hanna Says Jerusalem is Facing ‘Unprecedented Conspiracy’


Archbishop Atallah Hanna (center) at an anti-Israel occupation protest in the Palestinian city of Al-Khalil (Hebron), in 2015. (Photo: via MEMO)

The head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, Archbishop Atallah Hanna, said Wednesday that Jerusalem is subject to an “unprecedented conspiracy,” the Middle East Monitor reported.

The archbishop made his comment during a meeting with an Italian delegation that is visiting the Occupied Territories to show their solidarity with the Palestinians and to examine their situation directly.

“There is an unprecedented conspiracy against Christianity in this holy land,” Archbishop Hanna told the delegation.

“There is the extortion of churches and the systematic theft of Christian endowments.”

Hanna cited as an example the old Christian buildings in the Hebrew Gate of Jerusalem, stressing that this is one of many similar cases. “The oppression practiced against the Palestinians is targeting us all.”

Finally, the archbishop pointed out that “Jerusalem is subject to an oppressive campaign by the Israeli occupation aimed at erasing its history and marginalizing the presence of Palestine.”


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