Jerusalem Armenian Patriarchate Synod Ratifies Land Lease, Palestinian Committee Raises Questions


JERUSALEM – The Synod of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem has issued a statement on September 22 ratifying and confirming the decision to lease the lands owned by the patriarchate in Goveroun Bardez to a company which will build a hotel. For background, see Jerusalem Armenian Patriarchate Official Comments on New Land Lease – The Armenian Mirror-Spectator (

At the same date, the Higher Presidential Committee of Church Affairs in Palestine issued a letter expressing concerns about this lease. Fr. Baret Yeretzian, Real Estate Director of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, issued a rebuttal.

Copies of the first two documents are appended, and the aforementioned rebuttal may be found here.

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