CMEP Stands with the Churches of Jerusalem and Condemns the Illegal Seizure of the Little Petra Hotel
On March 29, 2022, His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy City of Jerusalem, spoke out against the seizure of the Little Petra Hotel, located in Christian Quarter of Old City Jerusalem, by the radical extremist group Ateret Cohanim. Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) stands in solidarity with the sacred churches of Jerusalem and condemns this illegal capture of the hotel. In addition, CMEP recognizes the threat of radical extremist settler groups to the sustainability of the Christian community in the Holy Land. CMEP calls for an end to all settler violence and control and a commitment to peaceful coexistence and the sacredness of the Holy City to two people groups – Israelis and Palestinians – and the three Abrahamic faith traditions of Jews, Christians, and Muslims.