Christians closed famous Jerusalem church over taxes, compare Israeli laws to Nazi laws

Christian leaders stand outside the closed doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City, February 25, 2018.GALI TIBBON/AFP
Christian leaders stand outside the closed doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, February 25, 2018.GALI TIBBON/AFP

The leaders of the major Christian sects in Jerusalem closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, for several hours on Sunday to protest an Israeli plan to tax their properties.

The Christian leaders responsible for the site issued a joint statement bemoaning what they called a “systematic campaign of abuse” against them, comparing it to anti-Jewish laws issued in Nazi Germany.

The Christians are angry about the Jerusalem municipality plans to tax their various assets around the city and a potential parliament bill to expropriate land sold by the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches. The churches, which are major landowners in the holy city, say it violates a long standing status quo.

The Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and the Armenian Apostolic leaders said the moves seemed like an attempt to “weaken the Christian presence in Jerusalem.”

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a major place of worship in Jerusalem’s Old City. Christians revere it as the site where Jesus was crucified and where his tomb is located, and its closing is highly unusual.

The Jerusalem municipality said it would continue to care for the needs of Jerusalem’s Christians and maintain their full freedom of worship. It said the church, just like other sacred sites in the city, is exempt from municipal property taxes and that will not change.

“However, hotels, halls and businesses cannot be exempt from municipal taxes simply because they are owned by the churches. These are not houses of worship,” it said in a statement. “We will no longer require Jerusalem’s residents to bear the burden of these huge sums.”

Jerusalem is one of the country’s poorest cities, and the tax revenue from the properties is estimated to be tens of millions of dollars.

Separately, parliament is pursuing a bill that will appropriate lands in Israel sold by churches to anonymous buyers since 2010. The bill’s sponsor, lawmaker Rachel Azaria, said these questionable sales have plunged thousands of Jerusalem residents into uncertainty over their living conditions.

She said the bill was aimed to protect apartment owners against property speculators and had “nothing whatsoever” to do with the churches. “We have no intention … to make them feel unwelcome,” she said.

ABC NEWS

  • Danny Farah

    That’s the whole idea of the Jewish state to force non-jews out of the area and what’s the best legal way to do it, is tax them to death. Here we are sending billions of Dollars to Israel and Christians flooding Israel like no other countries in the world in support of it. Yet the Christians here seem to ignore what the Jewish state been doing to their fellow christians. Total hypocrites…

    • Y K

      Playing dumb-and-dumber again – in typical Arab/Lebanese fashion, I must add. “Tax them to death”, my a$$. Of course you could go to that Jewish invention, Google, and find out what the “Nazi law” (shelved in the meantime) is really all about. But that would be un-Christian, wouldn’t it? 🙂

      • Hind Abyad

        dumb-and-dumber typical Zionist/AskeNazi Israeli fashion.

        “Of course you could go to that Jewish invention, Google, and find out what the “Nazi law” (shelved in the meantime) is really all about. But that would be un-Christian, wouldn’t it? :-)”

        • Y K

          Me very smart lady from Montreal. I crazy don’t touch me! J’suis francophone, no English please! Chosen Zionists killed 80 million Russians and I have much pity want to kill them all but guards don’t let me out! No understand no language, why you insult Lebanese? I very culture expert art, Middle East and how get welfare checks from Rothschild in mail. Tu piges? Me champion du monde in copypaste from sites on Joos. I think of Joos even when sleep, ’cause they stole! Me everything! You see? Why you stalk, turn Ya Libnan into Zionist?! You stalk j’appelle l’infirmière!

          • Niemals

            Y K, watch your language when you address Hindler! 😎

          • Hind Abyad
          • Hannibal

            “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”

          • Y K

            You see, when you exchange your original material for someone else’s, the quality immediately improves! 🙂

          • Hind Abyad

            Stop stalking, i will not answer your stupid attacks yKKK

          • Hannibal

            I have ignored that rat for almost 3 months now. It is the best strategy with paid trolls. The income will stop 😉

          • vs

            rats here are hateful semitic fools HindBlahBlah, microbe crosby and Co. with you, Hanni, are you not paid troll jealous?

          • Y K

            Who would pay him?

          • Hannibal

            Your mother does every day.

          • Y K

            The startup CEO boasts this killer combination of brains and class. Hope nothing happens to you, friend; dunno how the world toilet industry would survive this loss. Billions of people depend on you!

          • Hannibal

            You are another brick in the wall… or is it prick?

          • vs

            look at the mirror, Hanni, if someone can not find opportunity to fecundate, he will consciously or unconsciously castrate or masturbate, why are you clearly find the last two opportunities – mentally castrate and masturbate like your fool friend HindBlahBlah?

          • Y K

            Just for the record, moron: nobody in his/her right mind would pay a dime to troll a dipshit like you. It has to be purely an affair of the heart.

            P.S. “for almost 3 months now”

            You keepin’ track? Do you also remember the day we first met? How sweet! I knew that your claims of not returning my love were bullshit, like the rest of you! How about I join you and Bumbyad for coffee after Nasrallah’s victory? Just give me the name of that Galilee restaurant, and I’ll be there! 🙂

          • Hind Abyad

            Shut up.. Zionists were Atheist Bolshevik Christian killers.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHMHPQY3BmE

          • Hind Abyad

            Delirium tremens, someone call the men in white..

          • Hannibal

            Ignore the zio-ratatouille… That is his new name. Let’s refer to him as such, He will be irked. Read his rants above how he behaves like “un enfant gâté” throwing tantrums and swearing. Hilarious!

          • Y K

            “Ignore the zio-ratatouille… That is his new name. Let’s refer to him as such”

            Prediction: not gonna hold, because too long and stupid. I’m still not sure about your name. What do you prefer? Anything goes, as long as it includes a reference to your investments in the bathroom cleaning business.

    • Hind Abyad

      “Lebanese President accuses Israel of ethnically cleansing Palestine”
      This would not be on Lebanese Christian YaLibnan now owned by MSA.

      BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 P.M.) – Lebanese President Michel ‘Aoun accused Israel of ethnically cleansing Palestinian lands, while criticizing the latter’s recent decision to collect taxes from holy sites.

      “Israel’s decision is systematic targeting what’s left of the Christian presence in the Occupied Lands,” Aoun said, adding that Israel is resorting to the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.”
      https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/lebanese-president-accuses-israel-ethnically-cleansing-palestine/

      • Y K

        You got any Nasrallah quotes on the subject? And I bet Bashar has an opinion, too!? 🙂

        • Hind Abyad

          La barra!

          • PatienceTew

            Listening to you guys is truly entertaining!

          • Hind Abyad

            That’s all it is, he runs the show, then the triunfal smirk:-)

        • Hind Abyad

          Blocked ZioNazi

          • vs

            witch with blocked hateful brain

          • Niemals

            vs, she will protest against the alleged erosion of the Christian life in Israel, so watch your language when you address Hindler! 😎…

          • vs

            i will protest against her Nazi Hateful life in Canada, and i’m not calling her sh*rmuta yet

    • Niemals

      You can’t be serious that the Jewish state to force non-jews out of Israel.
      With “the best legal way to do it, is tax them to death.”
      “Here we(who are we?) are sending billions of Dollars to Israel …”, why are YOU sending billions of Dollars to Israel?

      Why you don’t allow Christians to support Israel?

      You claim that the Christians here(…?) seem to ignore what the Jewish state been doing to their fellow christians, are you speaking for all Christians?

      • Danny Farah

        Yes we are the taxpayers of America sending billions to the welfare state of Israel. Where the hell have you been for the last 50 years. where do you think Y K live off from? our handouts..

        • Niemals

          As far as I understand the economic support is intended for the costs of the Israeli defense.

          Israel is far from a welfare, you are not aware of the poverty the many people in Israel are living in.

          I hade been at home noticing that more and more Israelis immigrated to the BRD.
          Most of those are living in Berlin.

          I doubt that Y K is living on ‘your’ handouts.
          What are you living on, the welfare of Trump or the Obama care?

        • Niemals

          How come that there is a dramatic increase of anti-Semitic violations in the United States?

          According to an International Jewish organization ADL, the proportion of reported anti-Semitic violations increased by 57 percent in the United States in 2017.
          It is the strongest increase ever, reports the news agency Reuters.

          Hate crimes against Muslims also increase in the US last year.
          According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, crimes increased by 91 percent in the first half of 2017, compared with 2016, reports Reuters.

          According to ADL leader Jonathan Greenblatt, President Donald Trump is partly responsible for the increase. Greenblatt mentioned Trump’s statements after summer riots in Charlottesville as an example, when a white-minded supporter drove into a crowd and killed a person.

          It will be interesting to see your explanation abou this dramatic increase.

          • Hind Abyad

            Cretin
            “The ADL was galvanized in the immediate aftermath of the Leo Frank conviction for the strangulation of 13-year-old Mary Phagan. Leo Frank was the president of Atlanta B’nai B’rith from 1912 – 1914 at the time.
            Two months before Leo Frank murdered Mary Phagan, he contacted the headquarters of B’nai B’rith and reported what he believed were negative caricatures of Jews in theater houses and newspapers.
            The ADl was formed in his honor, and is committed to fighting against what it considers to be discrimination of Jews.

            On April 26, 1913, after Leo Frank bludgeoned, and raped Mary Phagan, to silence the little girl he strangled her with a cord and then mutilated the corpse in a failed racist attempt to frame his African-American nightwatchman.

            The ADL like the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center), have become financially powerful organizations within the un-American anti-Semitism lobby umbrella, working relentlessly to undermine and subvert the United States of America, by relentlessly labeling and smearing American patriots as domestic extremists.”

          • Y K

            If you copypaste from some Nazi website, at least give it the credit it deserves, dumbass.

          • Hind Abyad

            Rather Niemals copy-paste Zionist propaganda to please you.
            I don’t need your opinions. https://twitter.com/palplusenglish/status/968791570970480640

          • Y K

            “I don’t need your opinions.”

            I don’t give a flyin’ f^ck about your needs, concerns, preferences, wishes and desires. Hope that doesn’t shock you. 🙂

          • Niemals

            Hindler needs your opinions, without them she can’t damn with you, now when she have one less to damn with… 😉 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8539c7c723d2dae78d843865044e817a4016cebbd6537ddb5b555ecd5a5d9175.jpg

          • Hind Abyad
          • vs

            join HindBlahBlah …and fight for Ass*d and HAss*n

          • Niemals

            Your HindBlahBlah wouldn’t fight for Assad however she wouldn’t surprise me if she would act as the Palestinian arab (Ahmad Alhaw).

            He confessed that he wanted to kill as many German Christians as possible, however in Hindler case the victims would be German Jews.

            https://youtu.be/ARAq5OpiRyE This islamistische Palestinian killer, killed a customer in religious zeal and seriously injuring another man in Hamburg.

            The question is why this islamistische Palestinian Ar**hloch didn’t opted Arab Christians as victims?

          • Hind Abyad

            Incoherence.

            “I don’t give a flyin’ f^ck about your needs, concerns, preferences, wishes and desires. Hope that doesn’t shock you. :-)”

            Then prove it, stop bothering me. Hope that doesn’t shock you.

          • Hind Abyad

            Abraham Foxman and Anti-Defamation League Lies Debunked:

            “Leo Frank was not convicted in an anti-Semitic conspiracy or because of anti-Jewish bigotry. Leo Frank’s trial was not biased and anti-Semitism did not hang heavy in the courtroom. Nor did people chant anti-Semitic death threats, “Hang the Jew” or “Kill the Jew” outside the courtroom that had its windows kept wide open because
            of the summer heat.
            These are racist anti-Gentile lies Abraham Foxman perpetuates about the Leo Frank Trial that have been debunked time and time again. Abraham Foxman has used the Leo Frank Trial to smear and defame European-Americans with racist anti-Gentile slander.

            You would think after reading all the insistent, shrill Jewish denials in mass media for the last 100 years; books, made-for-TV movies and docudramas– including heart-tugging plays and even a stage musical (Parade) in New York – that Lucille’s love for her husband Leo Frank was eternal and lasted till the day she died in 1957. So, once again, why did she specifically not want to be buried next to Leo Frank?*

            The International Jews never dreamed that the entire 1,800 page Leo Frank Georgia Supreme Court Records would end up online for the whole world to carefully read.

          • Danny Farah

            The hate comes mostly from White who despise the jewish monopoly of the US congress and senate and it even hit our president. But Congress and the US gov’t in general keeps pumping money into Israel. But Israel basically doesn’t do anything for the US. they set a trap for the US in Iraq and thousands of american soldiers died for israel.. All because Israel want to get even with Saddam and divide and conquer. Hate against Muslims increases because why do you think? Cause some muslims keep attacking americans in their country. Where is the muslim and jewish outcracy again Daesh when the later killed Christians and yazidis? Instead Israel is treating Daesh and Al Qaeda in their hospital. Now you know why neither of the two groups have attacked israel. Why Daesh loves Israel and only attacks egyptians in the Desert.. If Trump was responsible for attacks against Israel when is half of his freaking cabinets appointees are of Zionists? Why is Trump is moving the embassy to Jerusalem if he hates Israelis? And last it’s convenient for the Christians in the US to support Israel since they need to collect their donations. After all Jesus was born in Jerusalem and if they can’t use the Holy Land to bring donations then they will be homeless. Lol
            Any questions Niemals.. Just ask..

          • Niemals

            It was interesting to see your explanation, 👎.
            However I don’t care if Jesus was born in Jerusalem or whatever.

            As to “Why is Trump is moving the embassy to Jerusalem if he hates Israelis?”, YOU should ask him – for me it’s irrelevant.

            Holy Land, what Holy Land?
            Muslims have Holy Land, Christians have Holy Land, Jews have a Holy Land and Zionists have it too.

            What is so holy about the Holy Land? Nothing.

            Hate against Muslims increases in the entire Christian world, and not because some muslims keep attacking americans in their country.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9794380d969246d798fefabc7d0257a28d558d7688feee3d8ba7df41cf9227cf.jpg and the “hate comes mostly from White who despise the jewish monopoly of the US congress and senate and it even hit our president.”, “God bless America”….
            https://youtu.be/_usvQUONatA

            Why should Israel do anything for the US?

            By the way – Americans like Angela Merkel, while Germans loathe Donald Trump.

            Any questions joyful Farah?

          • Hind Abyad

            “Why should Israel do anything for the US?” Is the funniest in this Salad.

          • Niemals

            Remember the Palestinian arab – Ahmad Alhaw?
            Check out how we deal with islamistische Palestinian killers
            , they get lifelong imprisonment! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/63651e0335ff1b3a8bdcd1bd1b372f5f800c93225db18b41d6dc0ed6729c6ac8.jpg Ahmad A. on Thursday just before the verdict Foto: Axel Heimken / dpa

            The Hamburg murder confession of the accused Ahmad A. (26); wanted to kill as many German Christians as possible
            https://youtu.be/ARAq5OpiRyE
            The man had confessed to stabbing a customer in religious zeal and seriously injuring another man.

            The Hanseatic Higher Regional Court (OLG) convicted the Palestinian Ahmad A. of the murder and tried in six cases guilty of murder and the dangerous bodily injury.

            In addition, the court noted the particular severity of the debt. Thus, a premature release is legally possible after 15 years, in practice but almost impossible.

            This Ahmad A. was radicalized in Germany.
            He was responsible for 1 person death, and now we have one person for a long time at taxpayer expense in prison…. Scheisse!

            Any questions joyful Farah?

          • Y K

            I’m glad you’re pouring your heart out, Farah. The best way to deal with modern-day Arab thinkers is to just let them speak. 🙂

          • Hannibal

            The insect (Israel) flies inside the bull’s (U.S.) ear. The Bull goes on a rampage. The insect by itself can be squished easily and is incapable of putting up a fight.

        • Y K

          “where do you think Y K live off from? our handouts..” (sic).

          Given your literacy level, I strongly doubt you have any dough to hand out, Farah. 🙂

          • Danny Farah

            Apparently either you are ignorant of the facts that Israel depending on the US funds or they will starve. But of course typical Jews who don’t appreciate what the US has done for you and pretends to ignore it. Yes I pay taxes and some of my tax dollars goes to your fellow jews. you think the billions of dollars sent to Israel because the Congress donate them out of their pockets? given my literacy level. if you are so educated and informed then tell me where is the money the US gov’t sends to Israel? Either you are arrogant or illiterate or plain stupid..

          • Y K

            “Yes I pay taxes and some of my tax dollars goes to your fellow jews”

            Sadly, some of the taxes ’em Jew fellas pay goes to you, Farah. And even to the institutionalized mental patient Dumbyad.

            But of course, you’re always welcome to go back to your home village – with not a single Jew in sight – where you can pay your taxes to Nasrallah and his stooges.

          • Hannibal

            I love multiple choice questions Danny.
            Either you are arrogant or illiterate or plain stupid..
            D. All of the above. (he he)

          • Y K

            Your comment won’t be complete unless and until you explain to Farah how you “ignore” me. 🙂

        • Hannibal

          Priceless!

    • Hannibal

      “fellow Christians”? How so? The spawns of vipers can never be fellows but to satan in the abyss.

  • vs

    Well done in Jerusalem municipality, the taxes were introduced correctly!

    • Y K

      Sadly, already withdrawn.

  • Niemals

    The Christian leaders should first learn what Nazism is and particularly the one in Nazi Germany, before they issue a joint statement bemoaning what they called a “systematic campaign of abuse” against them, comparing it to anti-Jewish laws issued in Nazi Germany.
    National Socialism is a radically anti-Semitic, racist, anti-Communist and anti-democratic ideology.

    The german Nazis signed on August 25, 1933, the Haavara Agreement with Zionists to allow German Jews to emigrate to Palestine in exchange for a portion of their economic assets.
    The agreement offered a way to leave an increasingly hostile environment in Nazi Germany.
    Do the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and the Armenian Apostolic leaders living in a increasingly hostile environment, or they just dont like that the status quo is changed since Jerusalem was annexed?
    They may be dissatisfied or not, but Jerusalem is annexed.
    That means that Israel controls Jerusalem (even without the consent of the world), and there the Israeli laws are used (valid), so there is a new status quo, the old is not violated just have been changed.

    The new status quo in 1939 for 60,000 German Jews (some 10% of our Jewish population) was that they had emigrated to Palestine.
    Nürnberger Rassengesetze. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7034d81d9d4c8fd9aadfd3b381d2689391f578ba1ded1634ad900a5c8191570e.jpg Bildtafel zum „Blutschutzgesetz“ (1935)
    Thereafter, Nazi policy eventually changed to one of total extermination.
    Nazi doctrine culminated in the Holocaust, or so-called “Final Solution”, which was made official at the January 1942 Wannsee Conference.

  • Rudy1947

    887 Church properties. Are all “prayer houses” or real estate investments?

  • vs

    Opened after 3 days

  • Niemals

    The Church of the Holy Sepulchre to reopen Wednesday.

    As far as I understand the Churches in Israel are exempt from paying property taxes as part of an agreement with the state.
    However the Jerusalem municipality says it is not being compensated by the Israeli state for the money it is losing by not collecting these taxes.

  • Y K

    The Church has long reopened, and yet the dimwitted Arab Nazis keep on ranting. Move on to a fresher pile of sh*t, morons! 🙂

  • Hannibal
    • Y K

      Nobody but Bumbyad would ever click on your malware-infested crap, so if you want to spread the message, you got to give us the synopsis.

  • Niemals

    The Christian communities in Jerusalem kept the Holy Sepulcher closed.
    They want to protest against the alleged erosion of the Christian life….

    In fact, it is about unclear real estate transactions.
    Specifically, it is about two new laws:
    One sets the tax rate on church property. At the center of indignation is the other law. This is to regulate the handling of those real estate in the Jerusalem city center, which the church has sold in recent years to real estate companies. Overall, it should be about land of a total area of 125 acres (equivalent to about 50 hectares) act.

    As a protection of local residents, the Knesset wants to end this legal limbo.
    That is why it has passed a law that allows land plundered by the church to be expropriated for compensation.
    The law will be passed at the meeting this Sunday.

  • Niemals

    The theory of evolution in Africa is Lucy vs. Adam and Eve.

    Did God create mankind, or did we evolve from apes?
    Many Africans find it difficult to reconcile the theory of evolution with their faith. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6fe46dcb2c10e43cd7a985776d23cf08610d3502c176e6fedb5caa61faafc048.jpg Many Africans were critical of the theory of evolution on DW’s Facebook page

    Abdulkader Tayoub, a professor of Islamic studies at the University of Cape Town, has also thought a lot about how faith and evolution can be reconciled.
    “The belief of many Muslims, like many Jews and Christians, is that God created everything out of an absolute will and that man is, so to speak, the pinnacle of creation,” he told DW, “Many people believe that this idea is compromised by evolutionary theory.”

    In many African countries, the theory of evolution is not even included in the syllabus.

    But how can creation and evolution be reconciled in Islam?
    Tayoub suggests approaching the creation story found in the Koran from a different perspective.
    “The history of the Koran when it comes to human origins, when it comes to the history of human society, is told in so many different ways in so many different parts of the Koran,” he says, “There is no one definite narrative, and so it raises the question over whether one should really endorse or accept one narrative.”
    That is the theory of evolution in Africa….

  • Niemals

    Only in the Middle East are you confronted with Muslims and Christians who protest against alleged erosion of Muslim / Christian life….

    The Christian communities in Jerusalem kept the Holy Sepulcher closed.
    They want to protest against the alleged erosion of the Christian life…. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/519406f733662514f8be10e2eded33e923e0583bc807a220c3752923dd23cab0.jpg The EGYPTIAN muslim TV host kicks ATHEIST out of studio, recommending psychiatric treatment.
    https://www.memri.org/tv/egypt-tv-host-invites-atheist-then-dismisses-him-recommends-psychiatric-treatment/transcript

  • Barry

    This is too much. Churches own hotels/apartment complexes and pay no property taxes? Meanwhile, their guests use city services and so do they.
    Sorry, this is church greed. If it was a synagogue-owned hotel or apartment, it would be the same thing.

  • Niemals

    It’s True:
    False News Spreads Faster and Wider.
    And Humans Are to Blame.
    Fake news on Twitter is 70% more likely to be shared than the truth., researchers at MIT found.
    https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/972102963966693376