The following is from the October 2002 ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¹ Vol. VII #10 issue of The Sentinel
The Sentinel describes itself this way: The Sentinel is a twelve-page newsletter published monthly by The Sarov Press. Each month our editors monitor scores of websites and other media outlets to find Orthodox news--news that the Western Media, and most media, refuse to print. The Sarov Press is not affiliated with any Orthodox jurisdiction or bishop.
Anyway here is the article:IRENAIOS FALLS FOUL OF ARABS TOOeKathimerini
Over 11 month after his enthronment in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem is still unrecognized by the Israeli government, which distrusts him as being pro-Palestinian.
Now, according to reports from Jerusalem, Irenaios has incurred the wrath of the Palestinian Authority, which accuses the patriarch of colluding with the Israelis to margenalize Arab members of his flock.
Marwan Tubasi, head of the Palestinian Authority's Orthodox Council, was quoted in Monday's Jerusalem Post
as claiming Irenaios wants to "obliterate" the Arab element from his church through "secret, suspicious deals with the Israel authorities."
The paper credits Tubassi as saying Irenaios has struck a deal with the Israelis to accept a large number of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union into his church.
"This is aimed at turning Arab Christians from the Greek Orthodox community into a minority," he said.
Irenaios was elected in August 2001 to replace Diodoros, and was enthroned in September 2001. But the Israeli government has refused to recognize him, despite diplomatic pressure from Athens.
An indication of the church leader's growing estrangement from the Palestinian Authority are recent rumorsÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¹believed to have been circulated by officials in RamallahÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¹that Irenaios is planning to sell church property in hotly contested parts of the Holy Land to the Israelis.
This follows an acrimonious dispute between the church leader and a Palestinian church official close to Yasser Arafat, which led to the Palestinian's dismissal.
The Israeli Cabinet is expected to meet next week to discuss the matter of Irenaios' recognition.