Mar. 8, 2018
For centuries, non-Protestant Christians have been unable to agree on how to run their number one holy site, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem – but this past week, for a few days, they agreed on how to close it.
Only the following goal succeeded in uniting them: opposition to Israeli initiatives to confiscate properties they have sold and charge them taxes on the hotels they own in Jerusalem. They thus demonstratively and vociferously closed their holiest site in protest of what they said were Israel’s “anti-Christian” policies.
Within a few days Israel backed down, set up a committee to “devise solutions,” and the church was re-opened.