Sunday, November 06, 2005


A Mt. Zion Update from Ellen

Ellen W. Horowitz wrote:

Apologies for a rather lengthy, but VERY VITAL update:

A lot of us breathed a semi sigh of relief last week, and declared a cautious victory after receiving official word that Katsav denied any deal with the Vatican over a room in the same building of Kever Dovid Hamelech and the Diaspora Yeshiva. MK Rabbi Benny Elon had lauded the news of a denial by President Katsav and a papal representative as a remarkable acheivement resulting from public pressure.

We remained vigilant and held a small demonstration outside of the President's Residence on Friday. Jerusalem City Councilwoman, Mina Fenton was in attendance. She expressed great concern over the issue. After Shabbat, a number of disturbing news items began to surface:

According to AGI online,
The Vatican has sent Cardinal Walter Kasper to Israel to draw up terms for the return to the Catholic church of the site of the last supper, It now appears that when the previous pope visited Israel in 2000, Ehud Barak or other government officials made some kind of verbal promise (maybe written) to give the room to the Roman Catholic Church.
#item1 Negotiations of a formal pact were on-again-off-again (visas, tax laws and other red tape).
Progress (sic!) was made when Avraham Poraz (Interior Minister/Shinui) visited Rome in September of 2004. Gary Krupp of Pave the Way Foundation came in to facilitate in the final negotiations of the deal. may have been completed and Katsav was to sign, as a formality, when he goes to Rome this month.

This also explains the report I received after a prominent rabbi, who met with President Katsav, reported that everything we reported was true. The President of the State of Israel didn't deny a thing in that meeting. For an astonishing and IRONIC look at the how the church has viewed this issue: Take a look at a New York Times article from 1949, in which the ³The Vatican accuses Israel of having refused to return seized property²

The Vatican considers the ³Last Supper Room² (Cenacle Shrine) to be their ³most precious of treasures². It's important that the public fully understand that this issue didn't just pop-up, but that is has been an ongoing source of tension between the church and Israel since the founding of the State of Israel. The church is essentially demanding that "stolen property" be returned. In a desperate attempt to buy the Pope¹s friendship, it seems that Israel is about to comply.Between 3-4:00 today, This matter will be discussed on the Tamar Yonah show on

Join the Yahoo Group on the issue at
Recent articles online from our activistshttp: //
(IN HEBREW) Call fax or email the Prime Minister, Mayor of Jerusalem, President Katsav, Religious Affairs Ministry, Ministry of Tourism, and the Israel Lands Authority

Make the effort to look these numbers up yourself. We¹ve provided them in the past.
Call, fax, or email Maariv, Yediot, Haaretz and the Jeruslaem Post and ask them why this is not an issue.
Call your rabbis and get a written condemnation of these plans, an halachic ruling on the sanctity of Eretz Yisrael or an endorsement of our efforts.

Email your results to

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