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Update on the Land Sale in Jerusalem by the Jordan Times
« on: March 29, 2005, 04:30:26 AM »
Please read below pasted this morning from the Jordan Times.

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Habashneh, Patriarch Irineos I discuss alleged land sale   
AMMAN (Petra) β€” Minister of Interior Samir Habashneh met yesterday with Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Irineos I to discuss recent news reports on an alleged church land sale to Jewish organisations.
The controversy erupted over a week ago after an Israeli paper reported that foreign Jewish investors had paid millions of dollars for two large properties at Jaffa Gate in a secret deal with the Greek Church.

The patriarch has denied the charges, dismissing the growing scandal as a plot against the church.

Last week, lawmakers signed a petition urging the Lower House β€œto preserve Arab rights, since the Orthodox issue is an integral part of the greater Arab cause and the question of Palestine.”

During the meeting, Habashneh reiterated that the Kingdom was concerned with guarding the church's properties and interests, saying the Hashemites pay special attention to Islamic and Christian shrines in the Holy City of Jerusalem.

He highlighted several points to activate the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Law No. 27 for the year 1958, on expanding the base of participation of Orthodox Church followers in managing the church's affairs.

They agreed to hold another meeting in the near future to address the points raised in yesterday's discussions.

Following the meeting, Minister of Culture and Government Spokesperson Asma Khader told The Jordan Times the patriarch denied that any land sale transactions had taken place and said he had cancelled all documents giving the power of attorney to others to handle such matters.

Meanwhile, Habashneh, Minister of Justice Salah Bashir and Khader met yesterday evening with a delegation representing the Christian denominations in the Kingdom in the presence of several Lower House members.

The delegation was briefed on the meeting earlier on Monday between Habashneh and the patriarch.

The reported sale has also sparked an uproar among Palestinian followers of the church, who accuse the Greek leadership of betraying the Palestinian cause.

The Greek Orthodox Church is one of the largest Christian denominations in the Holy Land, with about 100,000 faithful. It owns large amounts of land in both Israel and the Palestinian areas.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

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