Economic Status

Since 2002, the Israeli administration has been ordering certain Christian institutions to pay years of municipal property and employee taxes. This is a departure from the previous situation where these institutions had traditionally been exempt from paying such taxes. United Nations Security Council Resolution 181 of 29 November, 1947, mandating the creation of the Jewish state, stipulates that no taxes are to be levied on religious institutions. Since the reversal of this long-standing policy by the Israeli government, Christian institutions are becoming increasingly more vulnerable as they are pressured to pay exorbitant amounts in back taxes, which would ultimately lead to the end of their services.

The United States government should persuade Israel to protect the tax-exempt status of the Christian institutions in the Holy Land by informing the Israeli government about American concerns over any Israeli tax policy that seeks to collect money from these vulnerable institutions.