Israeli police rushed right into one the Christianity's holiest church Sunday and arrested 2 clergyman after ~ an argument between monks erupted into a brawl alongside the site of Jesus' tomb.

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Israeli police scuffle through an Armenian monk alongside the ar traditionally thought to it is in the tomb of Jesus Christ in ~ the Church that the holy Sepulcher in the Old City that Jerusalem on Sunday.Bernat Armangue / AP
Israeli police rushed right into one that Christianity"s holiest church Sunday and arrested 2 clergymen ~ an argument between monks erupted into a brawl next to the website of Jesus" tomb.

The clash in between Armenian and Greek Orthodox monks damaged out in the Church that the holy Sepulcher, revered together the site of Jesus" crucifixion, burial and also resurrection.


The brawling began during a procession that Armenian clergymen commemorating the 4th-century discovery of the cross thought to have actually been used to crucify Jesus.

The Greeks objected to the in march without one of their monks present, fearing that otherwise, the procession would subvert their own claim to the Edicule — the ancient structure developed on what is thought to it is in the tomb of Jesus — and give the Armenians a insurance claim to the site.

The Armenians refused, and when castle tried come march the Greek Orthodox monks blocked their way, sparking the brawl.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld stated police were required to interference after fighting to be reported. Castle arrested two monks, one from every side, he said.


A mustache Armenian monk in a red-and-pink robe and also a black-clad Greek Orthodox monk with a bloody gash top top his forehead to be both taken away in handcuffs after ~ scuffling with dozens of lytic police.


Turf fights common among Christian sectsSix Christian sects divide regulate of the old church. They on regular basis fight end turf and also influence, and also Israeli police are occasionally forced to intervene.

"We were maintaining resistance so the the procession might not pass through ... And establish a appropriate that they don"t have," stated a young Greek Orthodox monk through a reduced next come his left eye.


The monk, who provided his name together Serafim, claimed he sustained the wound when an Armenian punched that from behind and also broke his glasses.


Father Pakrat the the Armenian Patriarchate stated the Greek demand was "against the standing quo plan and versus the internal setup of the holy Sepulcher." He claimed the Greeks assaulted first.

Archbishop Aristarchos, the cook secretary of the Greek Orthodox patriarchate, denied his monks initiated the violence.

Bewildering array of rivalriesAfter the brawl, the church to be crowded v Israeli lytic police holding attack rifles, standing beside Golgotha, wherein Jesus is believed to have been crucified, and the lengthy smooth rock marking the place where heritage holds his body was laid out.

The feud is only among a bewildering selection of rivalries amongst churchmen in the holy Sepulcher.


The Israeli government has long wanted to develop a fire leave in the church, which routinely fills with countless pilgrims and has only one main door, but the sects can not agree whereby the leave will it is in built.

A ladder inserted on a ledge end the entrance at some time in the 19th century has actually remained there ever since because of a conflict over who has actually the authority to take it it down.

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