Coptic monks beaten by Israeli Forces in Jerusalem

From October 23, around thirty monks have been protesting to impede the renovations of Deir As-sultan, a monastery situated on the top of the Holy Sepulcher.

They blocked the Israel’s antiquity authority worker, to access to the forecourt of the Holy Sepulcher.

The Israeli police, dragged and pinned, Monk Macaruis Orshalemy, while the other monks were beaten with batons.

Some of the monks were injured and one of them were arrested by the Israeli forces, he was releases few hours after thanks to the intervention of the Egyptian authority.

Protests started after renovations began of the Holy Sepulcher in East Jerusalem without their agreement.

Father Macaruis Orshalemy, spokesman of the coptic Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, declared to AFP, the police attacked us and force us to leave.

The spokesperson of Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Hafez, denounces the Israeli attack on [the Coptic] monk.

The Holy Sepulcher is claimed by the Coptic Church since the Israel government ceded it to the Ethiopians in 1970.

In 1971, the Coptic Church made a judicial appeal to the Israeli courts, which then ruled that the monastery should return to the Coptic.

However, this judicial decision has never been respected by the Israeli authorities.

The multiplication of muscle intervention of the Israeli forces, in the old city of Jerusalem – one the most holy places in the world for Muslims, Christians and Jews – questions the status-quo of the holy city.

The occupied city was declared inviolable by the treaty of Berlin in 1878, negotiated by the representatives of the three monotheistic religions.

In July 2017, Palestinians ceased going to the mosque esplanade to protest against the setting up of security measures by the Israeli government.

Israel had placed metal detectors and also cameras to control the access to the Al – Aqsa compound.

After many days of violent demonstrations, the Israeli authorities were obliged to remove the security devices on July 25, 2017.

Since 1968, UNESCO found concern with the restrictions and criticized the intention of the Israeli government to change the multi- religious status of Jerusalem.

Despite this concern, Israel still controls the access to the holy places of Jerusalem.