Archbishop praises those carrying out Ribat at the Cave of the Patriarchs and the Old City of Jerusalem
Al-Quds - June 23, 2016

 
Headline: “Archbishop Atallah Hanna visited Hebron accompanied by a church delegation and praised the resolve of its citizens”
   “Archbishop Atallah Hanna, head of the Sebastia Greek Orthodox diocese, visited Hebron yesterday [June 22, 2016] accompanied by a delegation of Christian religious figures…
The delegation went to the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) via the Old City of Hebron, where the archbishop and the accompanying delegation gave blessings to residents of the city for the blessed month of Ramadan. The archbishop gave a moving speech before a number of Hebron residents about ‘the status of Ibrahim in our religions, since the monotheistic religions in our region are Ibrahamic religions.’
Hanna spoke about the principles of religious tolerance and shared life in Palestine, and said: ‘In Hebron today there is one Christian monument, and that is the [Russian] Orthodox monastery, which merits honor from the Hebron residents who consider it part of their heritage and identity, and they preserve it, defend it, and cooperate with the priests who serve in it.’ Hanna saluted the residents of Hebron, and particularly those performing Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Ibrahimi Mosque and in the Old City, and praised their resolve and their defense of their city.”