Pa­tri­arch de­nounces rul­ing.

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The Greek Ortho­dox Church in Jerusalem has de­nounced a rul­ing by an Is­raeli court that said a sale of prime church prop­erty in 2004 to com­pa­nies that rep­re­sent Jewish set­tlers who want to ex­pand their pres­ence in the Old City was con­ducted legally. Greek Ortho­dox Pa­tri­arch of Jerusalem Theophi­los III in­sisted in an ad placed in the Al Quds news­pa­per yes­ter­day that the deal was con­ducted il­le­gally. The deal will also open the way for three struc­tures in the Old City of Jerusalem – which is di­vided into four quar­ters, Ar­me­nian, Chris­tian, Jewish and Mu­som, Is­lam and Ju­daism – to be leased for 99 years to a group as­so­ci­ated with West Bank set­tlers.

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