The Christian Presence in Jerusalem in Jeopardy Declared His Holiness Aram I

ANTELIAS–Referring to the recent attack of a Yeshiva student on Armenian Archbishop in Jerusalem Nourhan Manougian–His Holiness Aram I stated–"The news coming from the Christian quarter of Jerusalem is worrying and disturbing. The Churches and Christians in Jerusalem are increasingly witnessing the kind of incidents and situations which clearly indicate the existence of a well planned Israeli policy of Judiazation of Jerusalem. In fact–different manifestations of this policy are forcing the Christians to migration. It is a fact that the numerical size of Christian communities is very much reduced and the activities of the churches are becoming limited."

Expressing his deep concern about this situation–His Holiness Aram I declared–"We cannot remain silent and indifferent in view of these attempts aimed at de-Christianization of Jerusalem. Jerusalem has been the birthplace of Christianity. Its Christian identity must be preserved. The right and privileges of all religious communities must be protected. Jerusalem must become a city of dialogue–tolerance–and peace. The Judiazation of Jerusalem will greatly harm the peace process in the region. Therefore–we urgently appeal to the international community to take this matter very seriously. More than at any time–at this critical point of the history of humanity–mutual respect–and tolerance between religions–nations–and communities must constitute the firm bases of all societies."


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