Orthodox Christians are observing Easter today. In Jerusalem, festivities took place at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Orthodox priests in festive robes chanted the Easter liturgy as a cloud of incense rose above the ancient stone tomb where tradition says that Jesus rose from the dead. Pilgrims from around the world joined the celebration; a lull in Israeli-Palestinian fighting brought the best turnout in five years. The Orthodox Easter has been overshadowed by Palestinian protests against the Greek Orthodox patriarch, who leased prime property in East Jerusalem to Jews. Palestinians accused the patriarch of treason and demanded his resignation.
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