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Greek Orthodox Church to challenge settler land sale

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A general view from the tower of the Church of Redeemer shows the Dome of the Rock mosque and the cross of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the old city of Jerusalem, on February 17, 2014 [Saeed Qaq/Apaimages]

The Greek Orthodox Church is the second largest land owner in Israel, even owning the land that the Israeli parliament is built on
 
By Middle East Monitor
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Jerusalem Patriarch on accusations: enough is enough

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By Rula Samain, Jordan Times

The Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem, All Palestine and Jordan Theophilos III on Saturday vowed to fight back accusations over the sale of church properties in Jerusalem.

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Theophilus III rejects Israeli court's ruling on Jaffa Gate property case

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The Patriarch said: "We remain fully committed to supporting our pastoral and spiritual mission as entrusted to us by God, and even as we face these unprecedented and dangerous developments." He added: "We reassure our Christian community in our holy land, in the Middle East and throughout the world, that we in the Patriarchate of Jerusalem and holy sites will do everything we can to support and preserve the property of the Patriarchate and other churches, and we will be steadfast in protecting the Christian presence in the region...the Jaffa Gate ruling and the proposed draft law have serious impacts." "We are here today to spread this message from Jordan, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II, the custodian of Islamic and Christian holy sites in the Holy Land, based on the Statico and international laws and covenants," he added.

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'Greek pope': Archbishop Demetrios leads service, urges love in face of hate

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Jack Howland, Poughkeepsie Journal

The roughly 90-minute divine liturgy service at Kimisis Greek Orthodox Church is already steeped in tradition, with communion and song and the burning of incense, but there was one extra step Sunday morning.

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Greek Orthodox patriarch says Israeli court ruling on church property politically motivated

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AMMAN, August 13, 2017 (WAFA) – Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III said Sunday that a two-week old Israeli District Court ruling upholding a 99-year lease of church property in Jerusalem’s Old City to Jewish settler organizations is politically motivated.

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Classic Greek tragedies awfully similar to today’s politics

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Retellings of the great ancient tragedies are trending with writers including Kamila Shamsie, Colm Toibin and David Vann taking up the challenge.

By MIKE DOHERTY, Special to the Star

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How World War I Made the Middle East What It Is Today

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By Katie Lange, DoD News, Defense Media Activity

When World War I ended, new countries were born and borders were redrawn in the Middle East. But those changes were marked with missteps that have led to many of the conflicts that have made it one of the most volatile regions in the world.

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The problem isn’t Putin, it’s Russia

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As relations worsen, US must realize Russia will not soon, if ever, become a liberal democracy.

By THOMAS GRAHAM, politico.eu

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The danger of ignoring Russian interference abroad

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BY STEPHEN BLANK, The Hill

Recent meetings between the heads of Georgia and Azerbaijan with the most senior American officials should alert Washington to the importance of strengthening peace and security in the troubled South Caucasus. 

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