Is Christianity under attack from its roots?

This appears to be the case in Israel after the popular church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem was on Sunday shut down.

But it was not the government that shut it down. It was church leaders who had to close it in protest against Israeli taxation and land policy affecting church property.

Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Church leaders said the holy site, where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried, would be closed until further notice.

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A statement by the leaders accused Israel of a “systematic and unprecedented attack against Christians in the Holy Land” in pursuing a new tax policy and a proposed land appropriation law

“We, the heads of Churches in charge of the Holy Sepulchre and the Status Quo governing the various Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem - the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, the Custody of the Holy Land and the Armenian Patriarchate - are following with great concern the systematic campaign against the Churches and the Christian community in the Holy Land, in flagrant violation of the existing Status Quo,” a statement issued on Sunday read.

The church of the holy sepulchre is one of Israel's most-visited locations, especially for Christian tourists and pilgrims. Over two million Christian tourists visited Israel in 2013, and 90% of those visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, according to Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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