The Orthodox Church Info blog reports today (September 23, 2011) that the main Christian denominations in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza have issued a joint statement supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
About 57,000 Christians live in the territories concerned.
Theodosios Atallah Hanna -- the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia -- said the Palestinian people deserve a state and United Nations recognition.
Archbishop Hanna said, "We are part of these people and we support this. We work side by side with all the sectors of the Palestinian people, Muslims and Christians, for our freedom and our independence, and to establish our independent Palestinian state, and its capital Jerusalem."