Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Wednesday arrested a Coptic priest during at a protest organized by the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem against the Israeli government’s rejection of restoration works within the monastery of Coptic Sultan, while the Israeli government is carrying the work itself without the consent of the Coptic Church.
Local sources said that the occupation forces suppressed the protest and attacked a number of priests and participants before arresting one of the pritests.
The sources pointed out that situation is still intense in the vicinity of Deir Sultan adjacent to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the old city of occupied Jerusalem, amid intensive presence of the occupation forces.
For its part, the Christian Islamic Organization condemned the attack by the occupation authorities against Coptic priests in the occupied city of Jerusalem.
The Secretary-General of the Commission, Dr. Hanna Issa, condemned and denounced the intervention of the occupation authorities in the work of restoration, because this is not within its jurisdiction in the occupied city of Jerusalem on the grounds that the eastern part of the Holy City area subject to the rules of international humanitarian law.
The Commission appealed to the Egyptian government and the Christian world to immediately intervene with the occupation authorities to stop these attacks on the monastery of Sultan adjacent to the Church of the Resurrection and not to enter the monastery under the pretext of restoration, because that is the prerogatives of the Coptic Orthodox Church only. The Christian Islamic Organization called on all the free world to stand by the Palestinian right to sovereignty over its land in this holy city and other occupied territories and to stop the Israeli occupation measures which violate international legitimacy and international humanitarian law.