Palestinians call for the resignation of Patriarch Theophilos III

Palestine

Published: 2017-09-10 19:03

Last Updated: 2017-09-11 08:51


The Palestinian Greek Orthodox Church sold hundreds of acres of land to Israeli developers in July, stirring controversy in Palestine.
The Palestinian Greek Orthodox Church sold hundreds of acres of land to Israeli developers in July, stirring controversy in Palestine.
Roya News Source

Hundreds of Palestinians protested in East Jerusalem, calling for the resignation of Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III on Saturday, for the alleged sale of church property to Israeli settler groups.

The demonstration came after the Palestinian Arab Greek Orthodox community urged protests against the sale of church property to jewish developers and settlers, bearing in mind that The Greek Orthodox Church is one of the largest real estate owners in Israel and Palestine.

Both Muslims and Christians took part in the demonstrations, with activists arguing that the property being sold has religious, historical and strategic value to Christians in Palestine, and that its ownership shouldn’t go to any other party.

Protesters presented documents proving that the Patriarch sold lands in jerusalem, and raised banners reading “Theophilos is unworthy,” the Associated Press said.