(By Mekete Tigray UK, 16 December 2020) –
Abiy government’s ethnic profiling has spread further to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. The Bishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Jerusalem is fulfilling Abiy Government ethnic profiling of Tigrayans to arouse Amhara ultra-nationalism and Unitarian ideology of Menelik and Haileselassie.
The Bishop presiding over the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Jerusalem, Abune Enbaqom joined the Abiy Government and the ultra-nationalist Amhara ruling cliques of ethnic cleansing, and dismissed five Tigrayan monks and one Gurage monk from the Monastery of Deir-es-Sultan, which is located on the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and the Monastery of Dabra Gannat Kidana Mehrat located in West Jerusalem. The involvement of the Amhara Orthodox Tewahedo Church leaders in ethnic cleansing has further ramifications to other ethnic monks serving the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.
It is reported that His Holiness Abune Matthais, the Patriarch of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is under house arrest in Addis Ababa. Several Tigrayan of origin priests have been reportedly arrested by Abiy Administration. There are also campaigns by Amhara Orthodox Tewahedo church extremists to transfer the Ark of the Covenant from Aksum to Amhara region.
These concerted efforts show that the Amhara ultra-nationalists of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church leaders have been coordinating with Aby’s Administration to take over or dismantle Tigrayan heritage in Jerusalem and in Tigray. The Amhara Orthodox Tewahedo church leaders’ role of Tigrayans ethnic cleansing and coercing to dismantle Tigrayan heritage could have irreversible Amhara-Tigray coexistence that could inspires ethnic Amhara religious ultra-nationalism civil war against Tigrayans and other ethnic groups in Ethiopia. Watch the videos below to hear the full story.
Aksum was the founder of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and the famous monastery of Deir-es-Sultan, located on the roof of Helena’s chapel, and its two associated chapels dedicated to Michael and to the Four Living Creatures, which are served by Ethiopian monks from all ethnic backgrounds.
The Tigrayan, Amhara, Eritrean and other ethnic group monks have been living at monastery of Deir-es-Sultan for many centuries which the Ethiopian Orthodox church was led by the Patriarch of Egyptian Coptic Church since the 4th century, and was officially given to them during Emperor Yohannes reign in 1876. It accommodates the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church administration in Jerusalem today.
The monastery of Dabra Gannat Kidana Mehrat was built by Emperor Yohannes IV when he received news about the monks calamitous living conditions in the Monastery of Dier es-Sultan in 1873. Emperor Yohannes then sent money and gold to the Ethiopian monks to alleviate their living standards at monastery of Deir-es-Sultanin in East Jerusalem. The monks purchased a land in west Jerusalem and built the Monastry of Dabra Gannat Kidana Mehrat including accommodation. The church was inaugurated during Menelik reign in 1893.
Watch the videos below to learn the plight of non-Amhara monks in Jerusalem
The video belo shows the history and the Amhara Orthodox Tewahedo church leaders’ role of Tigrayan ethnic cleansing and coercing to dismantle Tigrayan heritage in Jerusalem and Ethiopia