A Muslim man who is the official custodian of the keys to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, also know as the “tomb of Christ,” has said that he will not welcome U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to one of the holiest Christian sites. “It has come to our attention that Vice President Pence intends to make an official visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and asked me to receive him officially,” said Adeeb Joudeh, the custodian in question, in remarks to Israel’s Channel 2 News earlier this week.
“I absolutely refuse to officially welcome the American Vice President Mr. Mike Pence at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and I will not be physically in church during his visit,” he asserted. In June, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution declaring that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. With a vote of 90–0, both Republicans and Democrats in the upper chamber agreed that: “Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected.” READ MORE