Israeli forces assault Egyptian Coptic monks during Jerusalem monastery protest


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Coptic Christian clerics were demonstrating against restoration work carried out by the Israeli government at the Sultan Monastery in Jerusalem's Old City

Israeli security forces on Wednesday assaulted Egyptian Coptic monks and arrested at least one during a protest against the restoration of an ancient monastery believed to belong to the Egyptian Coptic Church, according to the Palestinian Maan news agency.

The Coptic Christian clerics were demonstrating against repair work planned to be carried out by the Israeli government at the Sultan Monastery in Jerusalem's Old City without the Coptic Church's consent.

The incident stems from a decades-long dispute over the ownership of the monastery, which is now run by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

The Ethiopians have lived there for over 200 years despite a number of Israeli court rulings ordering control over the monastery to be handed back to the Copts.

Eyewitnesses said Israeli forces physically assaulted the monks during Wednesday's protest to allow municipality staff to enter the monastery to carry out restoration work, according to Maan news.

Photos showing Monk Macarius Orshalemy, who has been arrested, being dragged and pinned to the ground by Israeli security forces were shared by local and Palestinian news websites.

Sky News Arabia said tens of other protesters have been arrested along with the monk.

Coptic Church leaders have been in contact with the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv and the Egyptian foreign ministry to resolve the matter, it added.

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