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The heads of Jerusalem’s Christian churches decided on Sunday to close the Church of the Holy Sepulcher until further notice, in a protest against Israeli government legislation that would allow the state to tax churches, and to seize assets and property. Church leaders see the move as a flagrant attempt to “weaken the Christian presence in Jerusalem.” Many church bank accounts have already been frozen.

Israel imposes taxes on church, UN properties in Jerusalem

Israel has begun to tax churches and UN properties in occupied East Jerusalem – reversing a policy that has been in place since 1967. (This will not apply to buildings used for worship.) The government imposed restrictions on the bank accounts of evangelical, Armenian and Roman churches on the grounds of non-payment of property taxes. Trump’s decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has encouraged the Israeli government to annex large swathes of the city and force its laws on it…