The EU hopes for a speedy solution to the problem with the closing of the Church of the Holy sepulchre

© RIA Novosti / Christina to Afanasevicha in fotobanka of the Holy Sepulchre in JerusalemThe EU hopes for a speedy solution to the problem with the closing of the Church of the Holy sepulchre© RIA Novosti / Christina to Afanasevicha the image Bank

The European Union hopes for a speedy solution to the problem, which led to the closure of the Holy sepulcher, not the host of tourists and pilgrims in protest against the plans of the city authorities to levy a municipal tax Church real estate, said the head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini.

«I want to make a statement in connection with the closing yesterday of the Holy sepulcher in Jerusalem in protest against some planned or announced by the Israeli steps. We hope that a solution can be found quickly. Jerusalem – Holy city of three monotheistic religions, its special status and character should be preserved and protected,» said Mogherini reporters.

The decision, which the priests themselves, called unprecedented, was jointly adopted the Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Catholic churches, which, forming a «svyatohrobskoho brotherhood», collectively control the greatest relic of Christianity, erected at the place of execution, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

The Jerusalem authorities demand Christian denominations to start paying Council tax from all of their property except houses of worship, and have already started freezing Bank accounts, putting a penalty over the preceding years. In the mayor’s office has estimated that the total debt of the churches before the city budget is in excess of 186 million dollars.

The Church refused to obey the request of the municipality, and interpret his actions as an attempt on the long-term «status quo» that has developed in their relationship with the secular authorities.

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