Heads of Churches: Re-opening the Church of the Holy Sepulcher at dawn Wednesday
The heads of the Christian churches in Jerusalem decided last Tuesday evening to reopen the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the city, following the decision of the occupation authorities to freeze their decision to impose taxes on church property.
The heads of the churches explained that the opening of the church will be at four o'clock on Wednesday morning.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of the occupation municipality, Nir Barkat, issued a decision today to freeze the imposition of taxes on churches and church properties in Jerusalem and to set up a committee to discuss a new route to the imposition of property taxes on Christian churches in Jerusalem.
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher was closed last Sunday because of the occupation's decision to impose taxes on church property, which was rejected by the churches as it contradicts with the international law and is an attempt to break the established statutes of 1852.
In the past three days, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher has been crowded with pilgrims from all over the world and worshipers from the city of Jerusalem. These days are considered sacred to Christians, the 40 days of fasting before Easter holiday.