On Sunday, major Christian sects in Jerusalem called for the shutdown of the church of the holy sepulchre for several hours in order to protest against the Jerusalem Municipality.

This comes after the Jerusalem Municipality planned on taxing their various assets around the city. The Municipality also introduced a potential parliament bill to expropriate land sold by the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.

The leaders from the churches who are responsible for the site issued a joint statement that bemoaned a “systematic campaign of abuse” against them.

The Jerusalem municipality responded and said that it cared for Christian needs and their full freedom of worship, however, hotels, halls and businesses could not be excused from municipality taxes just because they are owned by the churches.

By: Faiza Stone