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Greek Monks Enjoined from Building Fence Barring Access to Mt. Zion

The High Court of Justice has issued an injunction to stop Greek Orthodox monks from erecting a fence on Mt. Zion which would cut off the main access route to Jewish holy places on the historic site. The dispute was brought to the court after employees of the Ministry of Religious Affairs which has some of its offices on Mt. Zion, forcibly stopped the monks. The fence would surround the compound which contains the Tomb of David and the Ministry offices.

The Greek churchmen contend that Jews should use an alternate route to Mt. Zion through the Zion Gate and East Jerusalem. This entrance had been used prior to 1948 but was part of No-Man’s-Land during the intervening years of Jordanian occupation until the Six-Day War.