Christian believers feel physically, verbally, and emotionally threatened in Jerusalem’s Old City.
Jewish settlers have been adopting harder laws, such as heavy taxes, and measures that would allow developers to buy church properties, including historical places, in an apparent scheme to drive Christians away from the area. Moreover, the authorities leave unpunished radical groups who vandalize Christian places and attack the worshippers.
However, the Israeli government claim the taxes asked for are only related to commercial buildings, and they say their new laws would stop the Church itself from selling properties at low costs.
Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem, has been contacting Christian authorities throughout the world to help the Christians in Jerusalem.