Archbishop Atallah Hanna: ‘Jerusalem is not for sale’

Feb 12,2020

‘This is our homeland; we are not foreigners, settlers or guests; Palestine is our homeland; Jerusalem is our city, our history,’ the Archbishop said.

Archbishop of Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem, Father Atallah Hanna, said on Tuesday that Trump’s deal “a conspiracy and attempt to eliminate inalienable Palestinian rights.”

Hanna added that “Jerusalem is not for sale; the conspiracy will fail like all previous attempts to eliminate the basic Palestinian rights.”

His statements came while welcoming a delegation in Palestinian city of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, south of the occupied Jerusalem.

The archbishop stated that the Palestinian cause has faced numerous conspiracies and attempts to override the fundamental rights of liberty, independence and sovereignty, but its people invariably stood steadfast and will always defend their rights.

“Jerusalem is not for sale, is not in an auction; it is and will always be for its native and indigenous Palestinian people,” he stressed.

He added: “Donald Trump, or any leader in the world, cannot ignore the Palestinian people, and their just cause.”

The Archbishop continued: “This so-called deal is going to the dustbin of history; the Palestinians will always remain steadfast and defenders of their existence in the holy land because the word ‘surrender’ does not exist in our dictionary.

“This is our homeland; we are not foreigners, settlers or guests; Palestine is our homeland; Jerusalem is our city, our history.

“The Palestinian Christians, although very few in numbers, are among the cores of the Palestinian society. We reject the deal of the century because it aims at assassinating and eliminating our fundamental and legitimate rights.”

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