As Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter, Archbishop denounces Israeli restrictions
Thousands of Orthodox Christians gathered in Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Friday through Sunday for the celebration of the Easter holiday, which is celebrated one week later than the Latin churches Easter holiday. Greek Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna issued a statement condemning the Israeli restrictions on Christians trying to celebrate Easter in Jerusalem.
In his statement, Archbishop Hanna said, “This past week has been a week of pain – as we prepare to celebrate Easter, we have witnessed the Israeli authorities restricting the movement of the population; closing Jerusalem's doors; and preventing movement, particularly to and from Jaffa Gate where patriarchates and churches are located."
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