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Religious land cases, 1929

[land law - religion]

Religious Land Cases

The Palestine Bulletin, 22 January 1929

COURT TO SETTLE DISPUTE BETWEEN CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES.

Jaffa. - The Civil Court will have to decide shortly a dispute which arose between various Christian Communities here.  The particulars are as follows.  The Greek Catholics intend building a church on land which is part of a site belonging to the cemetery used by all the catholic Communities.  The Latins protested against this intention.  Both parties referred the case to the Vatican who advised them to apply to the Ecclesiastical Court but they preferred to bring their complaint to the Civil Court.  In the meanwhile the Maronite Community intervened alleging that it possesses documents proving its ownership of the cemetery.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 17 February 1929

GREEK COMMUNITY CLAIMS L.P. 30,000 FROM JERUSALEM MUNICIPALITY

The Greek-Orthodox Community has brought action before the District Court against the Jerusalem Municipality claiming L.P. 30,000 indemnity for lands and buildings which the Municipality has expropriated for the purpose of enlarging the streets in the city.  Dr. Eliash is the counsel for the Municipality while the claimant will be represented by the lawyer Mr. Horowitz.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 20 March 1929

LATIN PATRIARCHATE vs. JERUSALEM MUNICIPALITY.

A L.P. 31,000 Claim.

   The District Court of Jerusalem yesterday tried the case of the Latin Patriarchate claiming L.P. 31,000 from the municipality as compensation for the 51 square pics of land which the Municipality has expropriated for the purpose of road construction in the city.  After the Court had heard the arguments raised by the counsel of the two parties, the sitting was adjourned.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 29 April 1929

GREEK ORTHODOX OPPOSITION SUBMITS MEMORANDUM TO GOVERNMENT.

   The Opposition in the Greek orthodox Community has submitted a memorandum to H.E. the High Commissioner complaining against the action of the Financial Commission of the Patriarchate.  The Opposition protests against the sale of the lands of the Community, which is being made in order to pay off its debts.  The authors of the memorandum demand that the debts should be repaid on instalments over a long period, and that the Patriarchate publish s detailed financial statement of its position.  They particularly blame the Religious Courts of the Community.

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