How Church of the Holy Sepulchre tax protest was used to demonise Israel
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem took the rare step of closing its doors two weeks ago in protest of new government measures to tax commercial property owned by the church but not used for religious purposes.
The issue prompted the Archbishop of Canterbury to write to the Israeli Ambassador to the UK in opposition to the tax plans. The protest was also used by Hamas in an attempt to demonise Israel and win support from Palestinian Christians.
"Amid the dispute was an anti-Israel tone in which church leaders compared the city’s tax plans with 'laws similar' to those 'enacted against the Jews during a dark period in Europe'."
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