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The "Illegal' Bishop of Jerusalem and the Christian EXODUS from the 'Holy' Land

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[Jerusalem] The Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, Reverend Suheil Dawani, has been forbidden to live in Jerusalem because his permit/visa was revoked by Israel's Interior Ministry.  

 

The Anglican Cathedral and Diocesan offices are located in East Jerusalem, which Israel has occupied since 1967. Israel annexed East Jerusalem and thus claims it as part of the Jewish state's national territory; but no other country in the world recognizes the annexation as legal.

 

The state of Israel views Bishop Dawani-and all the indigenous Palestinians of East Jerusalem and their descendants- as foreigners. The state of Israel allows them to "visit' occupied East Jerusalem only if they hold a special residence permit, which Israeli authorities may out rightly deny or might grant and then revoke without giving any reason at all.

 

The Bishop was born in the West Band city of Nablus, which has been under Israeli occupation since 1967 and he has spent most of his life and ministry there, but the state of Israel refuses his right to obtain citizenship or legal residence.

 

The state of Israel was founded contingent upon their upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which affirms, "Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state." Article 13.1

 

Because the Bishop seized that right he remains in Jerusalem without the permit, and he could be arrested for being in Israel illegally and sentenced to prison, or he might be forcibly removed.

 

Many bishops, clergy and other religious who serve in Jerusalem, come from other countries and Israel does not grant any of them citizenship or legal residence, but allows them to remain with visas that must be renewed every year or two and which can also be denied without reason, except for raisons d'e'tat which literally means reason of state; and the Jewish state can do as it pleases without giving any reason at all!

 

About 2,000 years ago, a Palestinian devout Jew named Jesus, rose up and challenged the job security of corrupt Temple authorities and got himself crucified for disturbing the status quo of the Roman Occupying Forces; for crucifixion was the Roman's method of capitol punishment and the way they rid themselves of agitators, dissidents, rebels and trouble makers.

 

Fast-forward to 1947 through 2011: and in the land many call Holy, the Christian Exodus of the followers of Jesus have dwindled from 20% of the population in 1947 to less than 1.3% of the entire population today.

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Eileen Fleming,is a Citizen of CONSCIENCE for US House of Representatives 2012 Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org Staff Member of Salem-news.com, A Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu" (more...)
 
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