At the recent Orthodox Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, many members of the Greek Orthodox church protested against the Patriarch when he arrived in Manger Square. He is accused of selling land and buildings belonging to the church to right wing Israeli's. So how the Israeli government considers him to be supported by the Palestinians is odd, to say the least! Since 1948 members of the church have been encouraged to will or pass over their lands to the church, with the thought that it would be safe for the Palestinians. Howver, the take over of Greek properties by Israeli right wingers has left many in the church worried that this could only have happened through the Church heirarchy.
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