During this week, ICoHS also met with various Members of Congress and officials in the US Administration, continuing to raise awareness about the issue at Jaffa Gate. As discussed in last month’s newsletter, the underhand practices used by a radical settler group to seize church properties at Jaffa Gate could threaten the Christian character and integrity of Jerusalem’s Christian Quarter, as well as the Status Quo. This could impede the routes of pilgrims and cripple the Churches.
His Beatitude stands with His Eminence Elpidophoros, Archbishop of America, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
The US Government, at various levels, has previously worked with the State of Israel in the defense of Christians, and both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Rivlin have positively intervened in the past in regards to challenges facing the Christian community. In the spirit of this month’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, we are asking US government officials to encourage the Prime Minister to formally protect these properties, thereby securing the integrity and Christian character of the Christian Quarter in Jerusalem.
In Jerusalem, Church leaders from various denominations gathered at Jaffa Gate to hold a prayer vigil for the resolution of this issue.