Wikimedia Commons
Share

Archbishops Welby and Nicholls express ‘deep concern’ about Jerusalem tax

In a letter from the head of both the Protestant church and the Catholic Church in England, Archbishop Justin Welby and the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nicholls, have called a tax on church property in Jerusalem discriminatory.

Writing to the Israeli ambassador in the UK, Mark Regev, they expressed their concern that a new tax was too harsh on Christian institutions and could damage future relations in Israel.

They say the rules “threaten to cause serious damage to the Christian presence in Jerusalem, to Christian families, and to the Christian institutions, including hospitals and schools, which serve many of the poorest people, regardless of their background.”

The church leaders say Jerusalem authorities should respect the ‘status quo’ of buildings in Jerusalem, saying: “These violations of historic agreements risk undermining prospects for peaceful coexistence between communities, at a time of already heightened tensions.”

 The tax plans have been suspended after the Holy Sepulchre was closed for three days in protest. 

Stay up to date with the latest news stories from a Christian perspective. Sign up to our daily newsletter and receive more stories like this straight to your inbox every morning.



« Back to the last issue

comments powered by Disqus
You may also like...

Visitors are being allowed back to a place in Jerusalem where... More

Coptic Christians in the Holy Land are asking for prayer after... More

A bill which church leaders say would enable Israel to nationalise... More