Churches in Israel have long been exempt from paying taxes, but a proposed law may soon scrap centuries of precedent. The Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem faces paying tens of millions of dollars in back taxes.

It is one of the world's holiest, most visited religious places, considered by many Christians to be where Jesus Christ was crucified, buried and then resurrected.

The church closed its doors indefinitely on Sunday in protest, and what religious leaders describe as 'an attempt to weaken Christians in Jerusalem'.

So, is the tax dispute the reason for the almost unprecedented protest? Or is it because the Christian presence in the holy city is threatened?

Farid Jubran - Legal Adviser to the Roman Catholic Church's Custodian of Holy Sites.

Frank Bosman - Associate Professor, Tilburg School of Theology.

Alan Baker - Institute for Contemporary Affairs.

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