The reason for the closure of the most famous church in Israel was a change in the tax regulations for church properties.
The City of Jerusalem halted certain tax concessions for commercial establishments owned by the Church. This was a severe upset for the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian proprietors of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. In their joint statement, the heads of these churches sank to a new low in trying to play on local sensitivities: “This reminds us of similar...
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