The written statement addresses the issue of an unprecedented draft law, presented to the Knesset in July 2017 containing grounds for the infringements of the rights of religious organizations to own land, in particular, providing for the possibility ofland confiscation.
The Jerusalem Patriarchate was supported by the following Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem:
+Patriarch Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate;
+Patriarch Nourhan Manougian, Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate;
+Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator, Latin Patriarchate;
+Fr. Francesco Patton, ofm, Custos of the Holy Land;
+Archbishop Anba Antonious, Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem;
+Archbishop Swerios Malki Murad, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate;
+Archbishop Aba Embakob, Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarchate;
+Archbishop Joseph-Jules Zerey, Greek-Melkite-Catholic Patriarchate;
+Archbishop Mosa El-Hage, Maronite Patriarchal Exarchate;
+Archbishop Suheil Dawani, Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East;
+Bishop Munib Younan, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land;
+Bishop Pierre Malki, Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate;
+Msgr. Georges Dankaye’, Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate.