Mor Gabriel’s land property was occupied as early as in the 1800s

The neighboring Kurdish villages of Kartmin and Zinawle, which currently are litigating against Mor Gabriel, were occupying the monastery’s land already back in the 1800s. The highest religious leader of Turabdin, Maferyono Ablahad Beth-Kande, took the occupied property back. In November 1840, the Ottoman Court in Amed, present day Diyarbakir, determined the monastery’s borders. But Maferyono Ablahad had to pay for it with his life. Four years later he was murdered by members of the Kurdish clan Neslihan on the road between Kafro and Arkah. Journalist Augin Kurt has taken a closer look at some of the old Ottoman documents and relates to the current lawsuits against Mor Gabriel.

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