Greek Orthodox Patriarch takes the heat for business ties with Jews

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 | 
Leaders of Orthodox Churches are meeting in Istanbul to discuss the fate of the head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, who is facing a mutiny over business ties to Israelis. Palestinian church leaders want to oust Patriarch Irineos I because he allegedly approved the long term lease of prime property in Jerusalem’s Old City to Jews. Most members of the Greek Orthodox church in the Holy Land are Palestinians, and they believe the lease strengthens Israeli claims to the Holy City. Irineos, who is Greek, denies wrongdoing; he says the mutiny is aimed at replacing him with a Palestinian. (We’ll have an in-depth report on the scandal in the upcoming edition of "israel today" magazine, which should be in your mailboxes and bookstores next week.)

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