Church of Holy Sepulchre officially reopened after three days of shutdown in protest of biased policies of State of Israel. Israel decided to withdraw the tax legislation due to mounting international pressure and condemnation by the Christians in Palestine.
Adeeb Joudeh, the custodian of the keys of the Church, declared that the Church was reopened to the public early morning. It is seen as a major victory for the Christians as they assume their prayers have been heard especially in the wake of approaching Easter.
The Church is based in the Old City in the occupied East Jerusalem, is considered one of the holiest sites in Christianity. It is believed to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, thus has millions of tourists every year. The only time before when the doors of the Church were shut was in 1990 when the Jewish settlers had occupied a wing of the Christian quarters. The recent closure was in response to the Israeli policy to take over the properties of Church and lease the same to private companies in addition to plans of taxing Church properties.