JERUSALEM – Please find below the communique of the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, who raise their voices in protest to the closure measures that are taken by the Israeli Police at Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.
We, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, raise our voices in
protest against the closure measures being taken by the Israeli Police at Jaffa
Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Every year, we write to the authorities to express our frustration with the
frequent closure of Jaffa Gate, which is the only access to our Patriarchates,
Churches and Convents. Instead of finding solutions to these interruptions that
cause great inconvenience and disruption, the situation has gone from bad to
The latest incidents we encountered took place during the “Festival of
Lights” when many of our priests, including some of us (the leaders of the
Churches) were unable to drive through Jaffa Gate to our homes and Churches. We
were held for more than an hour at the Gate waiting to be allowed in.
This is most unacceptable for us, for the pilgrims and all residents of our
We call upon the municipality and police to find practical ways to ensure
constant and uninterrupted access through Jaffa Gate, especially, that there
are more than forty days that various events take place outside Jaffa Gate
during the year.
We hope that this will find listening ears and decisive actions, so that
these folkloric and creative events will not negatively affect the life and
ministry of our Churches. Thank you for your understanding and forthcoming
cooperation in this matter.
The Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem
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