Jerusalem suspends tax plan that led to closure of Church of the Holy Sepulchre

By Middle East Affairs

The mayor of Jerusalem suspended a tax plan Tuesday that led to the closing of the church of Jesus’ burial site in protest, Reuters reports.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem, is considered the site of Jesus’s crucifixion and burial. Church leaders shut its doors Sunday in protest of the taxes.

The disputes were namely plans to tax church-owned commercial enterprises, as well as proposed legislation opposed by the churches, according to the news agency.

A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said a committee will meet with representatives of churches to resolve the issues.

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