Ethiopian Monastery in Jerusalem – Kidane Alemayhu

November 10th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopian Monastery in Jerusalem
Kidane Alemayhu

Ethiopian Monastery in Jerusalem
Kidane Alemayhu

Dear Friends,

You may have noted from the news media that our historic legacy, the “Deir El Sultan” Ethiopian Monastery in Jerusalem, is in serious need of an urgent repair which has so far not been permitted by the Israeli Government due to a so-called “status quo” decision made during the Ottoman Empire. For more details, please see the attached copy of a recent news item relating the emergency situation facing our monastery.

Therefore, we need to petition the Israeli government to allow the repair before the monastery buildings collapse. It would be greatly appreciated if you would disseminate the attached documents so that Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia would sign the petition and submit it to Israel’s Prime Minister as well as to the Israeli embassies in respective countries.

With thanks for your cooperation,

Kidane Alemayhu
World Association of Parishioners of EOTC.

Ethiopian Monastery in Jerusalem (Emergency Situation)
Press Release re Deir El Sultan Monastery



We, the followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Faith, residing throughout the world, as well as all people who believe in justice, hereby submit our fervent appeal to H.E. the Prime Minister of Israel to permit the repair of the premises of the historic Ethiopian monastery in Jerusalem, otherwise known as the Deir El Sultan Monastery. Our appeal is based on the fact that the continuing deterioration of the monastery premises will lead not only to their collapse but also to the endangerment of the lives of the resident clergy, monks as well as the visiting parishioners and tourists including Israeli citizens.

The fact that the monastery buildings are in a serious state of disrepair has been confirmed by qualified professionals. Repeated attempts by the responsible authorities of the monastery to undertake an appropriate repair of the premises have so far been thwarted by an unreasonable interpretation of the so-called “status quo” arrangement established during the Ottoman Empire.

We have no doubt that Israel’s Prime Minister would not allow the historic monastery buildings to collapse and endanger its occupants. We, therefore, appeal to the Prime Minister to authorize the full repair and maintenance of the buildings as a matter of the utmost urgency in order to avoid an unnecessary disaster from occurring.

We also call on H.E. the Prime Minister of Ethiopia as well as His Holiness the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church to use their good offices by calling on the Israeli Prime Minister to facilitate the urgent repair of the historic Deir El Sultan Monastery premises.

We pray to the Almighty God to save the historic Ethiopian Monastery in Jersualem.

CC The Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church
CC The Secretariat of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Patriarchate
CC Prime Minister of Ethiopia.
CC Archbishop of the Ethiopian Monastery in Jerusalem,
CC The Ambassador of Israel (to be sent to the Israeli Embassy in the respective country)

N.B. The above petition is initiated by the World Association of Parishioners of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church:

Please send the petition to:

H.E. The Prime Minister of the State of Israel
3 Kaplan St., Qiryat Ben-Gurion
P.O. Box 187,
91919 Jerusalem
Tel: 972-2-6705555
Fax: 972-2-6512631


Embassy of Israel in Washington:

3514 International Drive. N.W.
Washington DC 20008
Tel: 202-3645500
Fax: 202-3645423

Please send copies to the respective Israeli embassies in the concerned countries.

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