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  4/29/2014, Nissan 29, 5774

Israel Accuses UN Envoy of 'Abusing Position' to Stoke Tensions


Israel on Tuesday accused the UN Mideast peace envoy of stoking tensions between Israel and Christians over a dispute that arose during Easter celebrations in Jerusalem.

UN envoy Robert Serry said he and other diplomats joined an Easter procession but were denied access to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher at a police checkpoint.

A letter to UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon from Israel's UN ambassador Ron Prosor said that on the day of the Holy Fire ceremony on April 19, the narrow lanes of Jerusalem's walled Old City were packed with worshippers and crowd control was a major challenge.