A216 The Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches of the Holy Land

Resolved, that the House of Bishops, gathered at this 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland, expresses to our brothers in Christ, the Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem, our alarm at the escalating threat to the Christian presence in the Holy City of Jerusalem and the Holy Land from Israeli radical groups who are actively seeking to undermine the Christian communities of the Holy Land, and our support of the Patriarchs and the Heads of the Churches in their efforts at both the local and international level to raise awareness of the plight of the Churches in the Holy Land; and further joins with the international community in our deep concern for the consequences for the ongoing life of the residents of the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and of pilgrims of the decision of the Supreme Court of Israel on 8 June 2020 to uphold the claims of a radical settler organization on property of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem at the Jaffa Gate; and further continues, in solidarity with our brothers in Christ, the Patriarchs and the Heads of Local Churches of the Holy Land, to pray and work for the stability, well-being, and prosperity of the Christian communities of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, especially in this season of increasing pressure from those who seek to change fundamentally the historic multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious character of the region.