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Israeli Supreme Court rules against Greek Patriarch over Jaffa Gate property

The Israeli Supreme Court rejected the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate’s appeal against the settler organization Ateret Cohanim’s takeover of the Greek Orthodox properties at Jaffa Gate, leaving the protected Palestinian long-term tenants at risk of eviction.
Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III (C) arrives for a meeting with other religious leaders at the Petra Hotel at the Jaffa Gate area, Old City of Jerusalem, March 29, 2022.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — After 17 years of litigation and legal battles, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected June 8 an appeal by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate against the settler organization Ateret Cohanim’s takeover of the church’s property in the Bab al-Khalil (also known as Jaffa) area in Jerusalem.

The case goes back to 2004 when Ateret Cohanim seeking to judaize East Jerusalem, notably the Old City, obtained long-term protected rental rights to three properties, including the Imperial and Petra hotels, located in the city’s Muslim Quarter where all Palestinians live.

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