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Ramallah Council of Churches condemns Israeli assault of Coptic monks

Oct. 26, 2018 4:56 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 27, 2018 12:16 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Council of Churches in Ramallah held a vigil outside the Coptic Church of the city, on Friday, condemning Israeli police conduct and use of force against Coptic monks at the Church of Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem earlier this week.

Speaking on behalf of the Churches Council, Archimandrite Elias Awad, spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Ramallah, condemned the assault which took place last Friday, calling on the international community to intervene and pressure the occupation to protect the Christian and Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem.

Rev. Jamal Khader, parish priest of the Latin Holy Family Church in Ramallah, also spoke during the vigil, saying "We will not allow these attacks to continue against our Islamic and Christian sanctities in Jerusalem and against the clergy. We reject the use of violence against any holy place."

Other politicians and Muslim clerks, including Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's adviser on religious affairs, also participated in the vigil to condemn the Israeli assault on the Jerusalem clerks.

The Churches in Jerusalem had denounced the violent conduct against Coptic monks, demanding to hold police officers involved in using force against the monks accountable.

Churches of Jerusalem Council had said "While we condemn the actions of the police officers towards Coptic monks, we demand that Israeli authorities to hold accountable the mentioned police officers, and respect the basic rights of the people for freedom of expression and demonstration."
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