Closing the Church of the Holy Sepulcher – arresting 9 Jerusalemites
March 25, 2020


On Wednesday evening, church leaders announced the closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, for one week, renewable - as needed - to prevent and limit the spread of the Corona virus.

In turn, Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem, Bishop Atallah Hanna, said that the decision to close the church is a preventive and precautionary step against the dangerous virus, stressing that the monks and fathers who are inside the church will perform the prayers as usual, but the doors of the church will remain closed and no person from outside will be allowed to enter.

On the other hand, the occupation police chased the worshipers in the area of Lions Gate while performing the Evening prayer, and arrested three of them: Nitham Abu Rammouz, Jihad Abu Rammouz and Hatem Kiswani, and released them after issuing them fines of 5,000 shekels each, on the pretext of "violating the instructions of home quarantine and breach of emergency decisions to reduce the spread of Corona virus”, by gathering in the area.

In the village of Issawiya, the occupation forces arrested 4 young men during a raid on the village. They are: Mohammad Adib Abu Al-Hummos, Tayseer Mheisen, Mohammad Ramzi Mheisen, and Suhaib Saymeh.

In the evening hours, the Israeli occupation forces arrested Omar Ferawi and Abed Bashiti from the Old City of Jerusalem.