Dozens of heads of churches in the US sent a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing concern & # 39; over Property Property, which was recently developed in the Knesset.
The bill would allow the Israeli government to seize land sold by the Church to private investors and with residential buildings. Kulanu MK was offered by Rachel Azaria after selling 124 acres of land in Jerusalem by the Greek Orthodox Church to anonymous investors. The land includes about 1,000 housing units.
The State would compensate for any individual or company that bought the rights to the Land of the Church.
The churches warned that the bill, signed by a majority of 61 MK, would "allow the state's revelation of the Church's lands."
"To the extent that the Patriarchs of Jerusalem and the Heads of Churches can consider that this legislation is not an existential threat, it could be overstated", church leaders wrote. "When the first bill was introduced last February (at the same time as the proposed municipal tax on the property of the church) the Heads of Churches protested by closing the Church of the Holy Sepulch in a very historical act. In response, eighteen religious leaders in the United States United States, which represents a diverse spectrum of Christianity, to President Trump expresses the need to protect the fragile Christian community in Jerusalem and Holy Land Mr Secretary, every effort must be made to avoid similar crisis. "
He called on Pompeo to work with the leaders of Israel to "ensure that this bill was suspended permanently."
The letter was signed by an Antiochian Christian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Armenia Orthodox Church
Conference of Senior Heads of Men
Churches for the Middle East Peace
Church of the Brothers
The Episcopal Church
Church of the Evangelical Covenant, Serve Globally
Evangelical Celtic Church in America
American Greek Archdiocese
National Churches Council
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Unified Methodist Church, General Board of the Church and Society