The Palestinian Archbishop of Jerusalem’s Greek Orthodox Church, Atallah Hanna, said yesterday that “everything Palestinian in Jerusalem is targeted by the Israeli occupation”.
During a meeting with a delegation from Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders, MSF), Hanna explained the dangers threatening Palestinians’ existence and identity in the Holy City, Al-Wattan Voice reported.
Father Hanna: Jerusalem is in great danger, danger to the Judaization actions of Israel, trying to erase the Palestinian Christian and Muslim Character, Presence, Property Rights, Religious Freedom, Culture and Ownership of Jerusalem. https://t.co/QJdDAEgXOz
— Hasan A Hammami (@hahammami) January 29, 2019
“Everything is in danger in Jerusalem,” Hanna said, adding:
“The Islamic and Christian holy sites and endowments are targeted in order to change our city, hide its identity and marginalize our Arabic and Palestinian existence.”
Hanna added that “recently, the Israeli occupation canceled a planned celebration on the 50th anniversary of establishing Al-Maqased Hospital,” noting that the Israeli occupation had canceled many other Palestinian events planned to take place in Jerusalem.
The Archbishop said that Palestinians “are living under severe torture and harsh persecution,” pointing to Israel’s closure of Palestinian institutions in the city. “It seems that they wanted us to give up Jerusalem and submit to their policies, measures, and practices,” he added.
The Archbishop of Sebastia, from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem #Atallah_Hanna talks about Palestinian Christians in Holy Land:
“We are not communities.. neither to be described as minorities, in our home land.”https://t.co/g5rvOqCFQs pic.twitter.com/2eGaNbT1RI
— Khalil Alzamer (@zmerkh) January 3, 2019
“Jerusalem is for us and will remain for us. We will never give up our rights in Jerusalem and we will defend it against Israeli oppression.”
Addressing the MSF staff, he said:
“We want you to know closely the suffering of the Palestinians and the oppression inflicted by the Israeli occupation on them in Jerusalem. We want our message to reach all the people around the world as we want more friends for the Palestinians.”
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)