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Archbishop Atallah Hanna

Advocate for Palestinian unity and rights.

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Date of Birth:



Al Rameh, Galilee, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Archbishop Atallah Hanna is renowned for his leadership in the Sebastia Diocese of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem and his advocacy for Palestinian unity and rights.

Brief bio

Archbishop Atallah Hanna, born in the Galilean village of Al Rameh in 1965, is a prominent Palestinian figure known for his religious leadership and political activism. He has been serving as the Head of the Sebastia Diocese of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem since 2005. Archbishop Hanna is notable for his advocacy for Palestinian unity, his opposition to the Israeli occupation, and his efforts to promote Christian-Muslim coexistence.

Major Milestones


  • Educational Pursuit (1983): Entered Thessalonica University in Greece in the Faculty of Theology.

  • Ordination as a Deacon and Priest (1991): Ordained as a deacon and served as a priest for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

  • Head of the Arabic Department (Date not specified): Appointed as Head of the Arabic Department for the Orthodox Patriarchate, serving as a spokesperson in Jerusalem for the Orthodox Church.

  • Head of the Sebastia Diocese (2005): Began his tenure as the Head of the Sebastia Diocese of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem.

  • Hospitalization due to Alleged Poisoning (2019): Hospitalized for what was reported to be poisoning by a chemical substance discharged from an Israeli army gas canister.

  • Advocacy for Palestinian Rights: Vocal advocate for the rights of all Palestinians, emphasizing the unity between Christian and Muslim Palestinians...See More

  • Opposition to Israeli Occupation: Strongly opposes the Israeli occupation of Palestine and has spoken out against the oppression and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

  • Promotion of Interfaith Dialogue: Actively involved in the Christian Islamic Discussion Forum in Palestine.

  • Political Activism: Utilizes his position to speak at international forums and events advocating for Palestinian rights..

  • Educational Initiatives: Worked on shaping curriculum and advocating for Christian education in Palestinian schools...See More

Date of Last Update: 
January 13, 2024

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