Stop victimisation of the Greek Orthodox Church of the 12 Apostles in Capernaum, Israel
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The Israel National Water Co. (Mekorot) has recently prohibited the Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Twelve Apostles in Capernaum, Israel to use the Sea of Galilee water at reduced agricultural tariffs, which is applicable to all consumers located on the coastline of the Sea of Galilee (which the monastery is).
The only option offered by the water company is to buy water from the springs leading into the Sea of Galilee (in essence the exact same water) at 8 times the rate charged before. This is absolutely devastating and a sum which the monastery is in no way capable of paying.
The church marks the site of the famous ancient village of Capernaum, which is an important place in Christianity. The monastery is well known and a very popular attraction in the Galilee region, bringing many tourists, visitors and pilgrims to the northern Galilee region all year round. The monastery is truly a tranquil oasis of serene beauty with green, lush gardens, trees, vines and flowers.
The abbot of the monastery, Father Irinarchos, has been left with no choice but to let the beautiful and unique gardens dry out in the scorching sun. Furthermore, he has been forced to limit entrance of visitors to the monastery in order to significantly reduce the water consumption.
If the water company's decision stands, the monastery will be turned into scorched earth in no time.
Please help to stop this unfair victimisation and oppression of the monastery and prevent the destruction of a real gift to humanity!
The only hope to re-establish the former vital functioning of the monastery is for the Israel National Water Co. (Mekorot) to allow it to buy water at the previous agricultural tariffs as used by other consumers on the coastline.
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