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

Reuters , Tuesday 27 Feb 2018
Pilgrims and journalists gather in the yard of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on February 25, 2018. Christian leaders took the rare step of closing the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built at the site of Jesus's burial in Jerusalem, in protest at Israeli tax measures and a proposed property law. (Photo: AFP)
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Jerusalem's mayor on Tuesday suspended a tax plan that had prompted the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, considered the site of Jesus's crucifixion and burial, to be closed in protest since Sunday.

A committee will negotiate with representatives of churches in the Holy Land to try to resolve the dispute over plans to tax church-owned commercial enterprises and the fate of proposed legislation opposed by the churches, a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said.

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