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BY CHARESSE JAMES
Anchor Candice Aviles


One of Christianity’s holiest sites could close its doors over a disagreement with an Israeli water company. The BBC has more.

“The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has warned the may shut its doors ... over an unpaid water bill. The church ... has had its bank account frozen by a local water company over an unpaid bill of more than $2 million.”

WJAR reports the Church attracts more than 1 million pilgrims each year. The Greek Orthodox Church argues that it was always treated as a special case among the other historic churches in the region. But the water company - wants what it’s owed, with interest.

“The responsible parties say they'll pay the bill from now on, but that debt - well, it's going to be a problem. a spokesman for the water company denies a report that claims the church and a former jerusalem mayor had an agreement exempting it from paying for water.”

Church officials are calling this an “outrageous” act against the church. The Guardian, however, reports that the Israeli Water Authority prohibits exemptions on water charges, and the company is doing what it can to work toward an agreement.

“More than 1,000 religious institutions in Jerusalem paid their bills regularly. [The company] has refrained from steps it is permitted to take by law, of cutting off the water, in light of the sensitivity of this matter, and in order to enable the operation of the site.”

As a result of the Church’s failure to pay, the company has already frozen its bank account, which, Al Jazeera reports, has caused an economic ripple effect in the area.  

“...its account was blocked two weeks ago, making it impossible to pay stipends of some 500 priests and monks, 2,000 teachers and the running costs of over 30 Christian schools that the church runs in the Palestinian territories and Jordan.”

According to the BBC, the Israeli tourism ministry has stepped in to try and mediate between the two entities. The Church is calling for future pilgrims to bring bottled water with them in protest.

 

Christian Holy Site May Close Over $2.3 Million Bill

by Charesse James
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Nov 4, 2012

Christian Holy Site May Close Over $2.3 Million Bill

(Image Source: euronews)

BY CHARESSE JAMES
Anchor Candice Aviles


One of Christianity’s holiest sites could close its doors over a disagreement with an Israeli water company. The BBC has more.

“The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has warned the may shut its doors ... over an unpaid water bill. The church ... has had its bank account frozen by a local water company over an unpaid bill of more than $2 million.”

WJAR reports the Church attracts more than 1 million pilgrims each year. The Greek Orthodox Church argues that it was always treated as a special case among the other historic churches in the region. But the water company - wants what it’s owed, with interest.

“The responsible parties say they'll pay the bill from now on, but that debt - well, it's going to be a problem. a spokesman for the water company denies a report that claims the church and a former jerusalem mayor had an agreement exempting it from paying for water.”

Church officials are calling this an “outrageous” act against the church. The Guardian, however, reports that the Israeli Water Authority prohibits exemptions on water charges, and the company is doing what it can to work toward an agreement.

“More than 1,000 religious institutions in Jerusalem paid their bills regularly. [The company] has refrained from steps it is permitted to take by law, of cutting off the water, in light of the sensitivity of this matter, and in order to enable the operation of the site.”

As a result of the Church’s failure to pay, the company has already frozen its bank account, which, Al Jazeera reports, has caused an economic ripple effect in the area.  

“...its account was blocked two weeks ago, making it impossible to pay stipends of some 500 priests and monks, 2,000 teachers and the running costs of over 30 Christian schools that the church runs in the Palestinian territories and Jordan.”

According to the BBC, the Israeli tourism ministry has stepped in to try and mediate between the two entities. The Church is calling for future pilgrims to bring bottled water with them in protest.

 

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