The Muslim Caretaker of an Armenian Church


Hidden away in a corner in the markets of east Jerusalem a few minutes away from the Damascus gate, there is a small Armenian church tucked away in a corner.

Yaseen (pictured right), is the caretaker of the church. He just happens to be Muslim.

His friend Isa (pictured left), runs a small cafe right next to the church.

When I commented on how lovely it is to see a Muslim man looking after a church, Yaseen said: “This is not suprising. In Palestine, Muslims and Christians get along. Isa is Christian, I am Muslim. We are all the same.”

At this point, Isa piped in and added:

“I am not Christian. I am Muslim Catholic.”

This is fraternity at its best.


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