A few weeks ago Hasidim from Rabbi Berland’s extremist communtiy began coming to the Stella Maris Monastery in Haifa to pray in the doorway, since they consider it to be the tomb of the prophet Elisha. When they were asked to stop, they arrived in greater numbers and now pray loudly inside the monsatery and its grounds.
In response, Rabbis for Human Rights and other groups came to the monastery in a show of solidarity with the church and its congregation. The head of the Carmelite Order in Israel wrote thanking us for our actions, including us in their prayers and brotherhood.
RHR is committed to protecting religious freedom for our sister religions in the Holy Land and we will continue to stand in solidarity with the Stella Maris Monastery.