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Nun says locals building illegally on monastery land
Published Monday 22/04/2013 (updated) 24/04/2013 20:11
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The head of a monastery in East Jerusalem on Monday accused residents of al-Eizariyya of building illegally on church land.

Al-Eizariyya residents are constructing buildings on the private lands of the Holy Monastery of Martha and Maria, "brushing aside all religious, social and national values," said Sister Efpraxia.

"This is a dangerous violation in broad daylight, and construction is ongoing despite our frequent appeals and calls. Such provocative acts are not acceptable by any rational human," the abbess added.

The nun appealed to President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah, custodian of holy sites in East Jerusalem, "to relieve the feeble people as soon as possible bringing these overt violations against the monastery's property."

She added: "Our properties and lands are not deserted properties, but rather Orthodox endowments and always will be. Next Saturday we will celebrate Lazarus Saturday. Dozens of pilgrims will visit the monastery from all over the world, and we wonder what we will tell them when they see these violations against the monastery’s property."
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1 ) JV / Canada
22/04/2013 22:11
These nuns shouldn't be appealing this to Abbas and Jordan. Both are helpless before the power of Israel and the US. They should be phoning the Christian churches in the US directly and asking how it is they condone these practices?

2 ) Mel / USA
23/04/2013 02:04
I'm going to e-mail my home-state/regional Diocese heads & remind them that Zionist Israel's "Jewish-only"OCCUPATION is encroaching more on the PLURALISTIC Holy Land! Flood the US/UK/EU Church websites with objections.Forget the Christian Zionist/Evangelizealot CUFI,CFI etc.They're already totally deluded &preparing for when Jews convert BACK to Christianity,or "Hello Be'elzebub!" LOL!

3 ) gabi / australia
23/04/2013 02:29
"Dozens of pilgrims will visit the monastery from all over the world, and we wonder what we will tell them . . ." The truth always helps. (see #1 above)

4 ) Steve / Australia
23/04/2013 09:25
They aren't talking about Israeli settlers this time, but apparently Palestinians building illegally on Church Land. Either way this is unacceptable. This means Palestinians are no better than Israeli settlers. Private property is private property, and individual ownership should be respected.

5 ) Alex / Uk
24/04/2013 12:47
None of this land belongs to gentiles. Certainly not Jordan.

6 ) DJ / US
24/04/2013 16:32
Mel, You might want to do some research before spouting off. In this case its Arabs who are illegally building on the Church's property which is why they are appealing to Abbas. I'm sure you will be just as inflamed now that you know its not the JEWS who are building.

7 ) Elise / USA
27/04/2013 05:42
Have the settlers on the land pay rent. Can't the monastery use it?
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