Father Atallah Hanna, Archbishop in Occupied Jerusalem slams Israel’s actions during Easter and Holy Saturday holiday

[ PIC 07/05/2013 - 11:03 AM ]

images_News_2013_05_07_hanna-0_300_0[1]OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Father Atallah Hanna, Archbishop of the Palestinian Orthodox Church in occupied Jerusalem, strongly denounced the Israeli arbitrary measures that were taken last Saturday against the Christian worshipers as they were commemorating the Easter day and the Holy Saturday in the old city.

In a press release on Monday, Father Hanna said that physically assaulting the clergy and the faithful and preventing them from marching to the Church of the Resurrection were aimed to thwart the Orthodox holidays in Jerusalem.

He added that such Israeli actions target the Christian presence in the holy city and are part of the Jewish campaign against the Christian and Islamic religious events.

“We have repeatedly condemned the Zionist measures against our holy places and holidays but to no avail, and the same incidents happen every year as if we are asked to stay silent and defenseless as we are beaten, humiliated and insulted,” the Archbishop emphasized.

He said that Israel turned Jerusalem into a military base during the Easter holiday and made it hard for the Christians to visit the Church of the Resurrection, criticizing the human rights groups for their silence on Israel’s violations against the Christians and their religious holidays.

“We are suppressed as Palestinians and Christians and there are always intents to sabotage our Christian holidays which have a spiritual and humanitarian message,” Hanna said.



Christians in Palestine – In Photos


Church of Holy Sepulchre

Palestinian Christian Man from Aboud with Self Made Crucifix

Palestinian Muslims helping to clean the Church

Palestinian Muslims helping to clean the Church

Palestinian Muslims helping to clean the Church

Palestinian Police taking care of security while Christians & Muslims  clean the Church

Palestinian Muslims helping to clean the Church

Palestinian believers light candles in the Church of Nativity, Palestinian town of Bethlehem

Nuns wait for the arrival of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah during Christmas celebrations on Manger square outside the Church of Nativity in the west Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 Dec 2007

A monk pictured in the Church of the Nativity, built over the biblical grotto of Jesus’ birth in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 December 2007

Palestinian scouts take part in their traditional Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 Dec 2007

Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah (C) walks across Manger square outside the Church of Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, for the annual Christmas celebrations in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 Dec 2007

Palestinian Christians, some wearing traditional costumes, gather during a procession outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Christmas festivities in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 Dec 2007

Christian Palestinians celebrate Christmas on Manger square in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 Dec 2007

A Christian boy with a Santa Claus balloon in the Church of the Nativity, built over the biblical grotto of Jesus’ birth in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 Dec 2007

Christians praying at the Holy Sepulcher

Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah (C) walks across Manger square outside the Church of Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, for the annual Christmas celebrations in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 Dec2007

Christian women light candles in the Church of the Nativity, built over the biblical grotto of Jesus’ birth in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 December 2007

Christian Orthodox worshippers hold up candles lit from the ‘Holy Fire’ as thousands of Orthodox Christians gather in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 26, 2008 during the Orthodox Easter ceremony of the ‘Holy Fire’. The ceremony celebrated in the same way for 11 centuries, is marked by the appearance of ‘sacred fire’ in the two cavities on either side of the Holy Sepulchre. The Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is the site of the final resting place of Jesus Christ, according to Christian tradition. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON

A Palestinian Christian prays at a church decorated for Christmas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Dec 23, 2007 (AFP: Abbas Momani)

Christians in the Church of Nativity

Palestinian Christians in Catholic church in Zababdeh Palestine | Christmas 2010

Christian Palestinian Children

Candles: Palestinian Christians celebrate the Orthodox Christmas Eve in Bethlehem

Palestinian Christian Children Light Candles (Credit: Nayef Hashlamoun/Reuters)

Christian Palestinians, including children, attend a Palm Sunday service at a church in Gaza City in 2009. (Hatem Omar, Maan Images)

A Palestinian Christian Orthodox priest leads a Palm Sunday service at a church in Gaza City in 2009. (Hatem Omar, Maan Images)

Priests and worshippers attend EASTER mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. (Inbal Rose, Maan Images)

Christians pray in the West bank town of Nablus, where the Christian population has fallen dramatically in recent years. (Photo: CNS)

Palestinian children light candles in the Nativity Church one day before Christmas, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 23, 2005. (MAANnews/Charlotte de Bellabre)

Palestinian children play with Christmas decorations in a Christian shop two days before Christmas celebrations, in the West Bank town of Ramallah December 22, 2005. (MAANnews/Charlotte de Bellabre)

Palestinian children play with Christmas decorations in a Christian shop 2 days before Christmas celebrations, in the West Bank town of Ramallah December 22, 2005. (MAANnews/Charlotte de Bellabre)

Palestinian women are shopping two days before Christmas celebrations in order to celebrate along with Christians, in the West Bank town of Ramallah December 22, 2005. (MAANnews/Charlotte de Bellabre)

Palestinians hold annual Christmas Bazaar in Bethlehem’s Manger Square December 4, 2005. (MAANnews/Iyad Atayat)

Christians United For Palestine (CUFP)

Orthodox Priests

Candles in Bethlehem

It is generally “assumed” that Israel “defends itself” against Muslim “fundamentalists”. The truth is that Israel kills Muslims and Christians indiscriminately and both Arab Muslims and Christians stand together against Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. Ignoring the killing of Christians by mainstream media is convenient because this is how Islam can be easily branded as “the enemy” and Muslims can be branded as the “terrorists”

A Christian Shaheed (Martyr)

Christian praying at the Holy Sepulchre

It IS POSSIBLE. Afternoon prayers, religious Jews, Christians and Muslims- under the same roof and at the same moment

Interfaith – President Peres hosts Christian leaders at his residence in Jerusalem (Photo: Emil Salman/GENIE)

Christian Armenian Priest in Jerusalem

Holy Land Christians

An Ethiopian monk is meditating in the small chapel – Jerusalem Dec 2007

Michael Monk living in the home of the Ethippian Orthodox church in Old city of Jerusalem came from Ethiopia – Jerusalem – Dec 2007)

Ethiopean Christian – Jerusalem 2008

Coptic Christians in the Old City of Jerusalem

Ethiopian Christian in the Old City of Jerusalem

Ethiopian Christian, so powerfull & graceful picture of a man of faith | Jerusalem 2008

Franciscaner Catholic Munk – Jerusalem

Olive wood rosaries for sale in the Old City of Jerusalem

The Christian Quarter – Jerusalem

The Christian Quarter – Jerusalem

Christian Priests and a Muslim Woman in the Old City of Jerusalem

Peter’s Church panoramic view at the Dome of the Rock

Orthodox Christians attend the liturgy of Pascha in Gaza City | Apr 4, 2010

Orthodox Christians celebrate the liturgy of Pascha in Gaza City, Sunday, April 4, 2010

Orthodox Christians celebrate Pascha at a church in the West Bank city of Nablus, Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Christian Quarter – by Night

Palestinian Christians

Palestinian Christians

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, known as the Church of the Resurrection (Anastasis) to Eastern Orthodox Christians, is a church in the Old City of Jerusalem that is the holiest Christian site in the world. It stands on a site that encompasses both Golgotha, or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, and the tomb (sepulchre) where he was buried. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 4th century

Christians believe here Jesus | Isa A.S. was crucified

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III swings incense during mass at the St. James chapel. The patriarch heads a brotherhood created to safeguard the Holy Sepulcher and other holy sites. 2008.

Worshipers hold candles during the ceremony of the Holy Fire at the Ethiopian monastery on the roof of the Holy Sepulcher. The Ethiopians retain custody of a chapel on the roof, but no rights within the basilica. 2005.

Orthodox nuns carry candles and flowers during an early morning procession for the feast of the Dormition of the Virgin, commemorating the eternal sleep of Mary, mother of Jesus. 2008.

Greek Orthodox pilgrims kneel as they pray during a special Easter vigil at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem sees itself as a direct descendant of the Byzantine Church, celebrating liturgy in classical Greek and following its own calendar of feasts. 2008.

A Russian Orthodox pilgrim kisses a sacred column at the entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Legend says a flame of the Easter holy fire burst from the column, cracking it in the middle. 2007

Ethiopian Christian Orthodox worshipers carry a cross during the Good Friday procession along the Via Dolorosa, retracing Jesus’ final mortal journey-2006

Orthodox pilgrims from Serbia carry wooden crosses as they stop at the fifth Station of the Cross during the Good Friday procession. The pilgrims visit the 14 Stations of the Cross, which lead to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher – 2009.

Orthodox nuns carry palm branches and crucifixes during the Palm Sunday procession. The ceremony is a landmark in the Christian calendar, marking the triumphant return of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem the week before his crucifixion, when a cheering crowd greeted him waving palm leaves. 2009.

A Catholic pilgrim re-enacts the Passion of Jesus Christ as Israeli border policemen guard the procession during Holy Friday along the Way of the Cross, the traditional route where Jesus carried the cross. 2004.

Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem Swerios Malki Murad kneels in front of an altar at the Chapel of St. Nicodemus. The Syrian Orthodox Church is one of the oldest Christian communities in the Middle East. The church uses Aramaic in the liturgy and prayers, the language spoken in the days of Jesus. 2009.

Catholic and Orthodox worshipers fill the portal of the Holy Sepulcher during Good Friday. Once every four years all denominations celebrate their feasts together. Normally the Orthodox follow the Julian calendar that is 13 days behind the western Gregorian calendar that the Catholics follow. 2007

Greek Orthodox clergymen circle the aedicule at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. 2010

A Russian Orthodox pilgrim prays at the Rotunda of the Anastasis. 2005

Ecstatic Orthodox worshipers hold up their hands to reach a ray of light believed to be sacred or divine during the Orthodox Easter ceremony. 2009

Ethiopian pilgrims pray during Easter liturgy at the Ethiopian Chapel of the Four Creatures at the Holy Sepulcher. The Ethiopian Church reflects an ancient and indigenous form of Christianity which emerged in a land completely isolated from the rest of the Christian world. 2007

Romanian worshipers rest their heads on an altar at the Chapel of St. Longinus in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Longinus was the Roman soldier who stabbed Jesus (and later became a believer). According to Orthodox tradition, if you place your ear over the altar you can hear the agony of Jesus. 2009

Pilgrims light candles during Easter liturgy at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. 2010

Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem Anba Abraham leads a Sunday mass during Lent at the Coptic Chapel in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Copts are Egyptians whose ancestors embraced Christianity in the first centuries after Christ. 2009

Greek Orthodox priests in ceremonial vestments pray at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. 2009

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Archbishop Theodosius Atallah Hanna beside Israel’s wall in Bethlehem | June 4, 2011 | Photography by @jbaboun

A silent protest, a sign reading: “My right to pray in the Church of the Resurrection” At a house of a Christian. So you think it is about Muslim, Arab ? Wrong. During the Nakba 100.000 Christians were ethnically cleansed as well, and the remaining Christians which co-exist in peace with Muslim Palestinians in the West Bank undergo the same occupation and atrocities, violence and restrictions. Remember, even Jews who not conform with “Zionism” are transgressing the “Laws of Israel”. SO much for Zion & Goyim, They are even targeting their own people who not conform with the masterplan. | Naksa Day June 5, 2011 | The Photo is made By Ahmad Mesleh

The Custos of the Holy Land heading the pentecost celebration in Jerusalem – Pentecost in Palestine, June 12, 2011 | Photography by @jbaboun

Part of the pentecost celebration in Jerusalem – Palestine June 12, 2011 | Photography by @jbaboun

The view of this cross in Jerusalem during the Pentecost on June 12, 2011 | Photography by @jbaboun

“Of course couldn’t reach Jerusalem w/out going to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre ” – Pentecost June 12, 2011 | Photography by @jbaboun

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem – Pentecost June 12, 2011 | Photography by @jbaboun

Inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem – Pentecost June 12, 2011 | Photography by @jbaboun

Holy icon that symbolizes the pentecost which is celebrated today in Jerusalem – June 12, 2011 | Photography by @jbaboun


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