CCCB comment on Israeli renewed construction of security wall in Cremisan Valley

Friday, August 21 2015
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Holy Land 2015-4This past Monday, August 17, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Fouad Boutros Ibrahim Twal, denounced the renewed Israeli construction of the security wall near the Cremisan Valley. The valley lies in the West Bank on the Palestinian side of the Green Line adjacent to the towns of Beit Jala and Bethlehem. The Patriarch declared that the resumption of construction is "without regard to the rights of the families of the valley" and called on the Israeli authorities to await the upcoming decision of the Supreme Court of Israel on the petition submitted by the families in the valley.

The location of the security wall through the Cremisan Valley has been criticized by Catholic Bishops around the world, including the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land (see previous statements issued by the Holy Land Coordination in 2013, 2014, and 2015), the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land in 2014, as well as by the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) in a letter to Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2014, in addition to other Episcopal Conferences.

The CCCB is most disappointed with this recent decision by the Israeli authorities, and concerned about the negative impact this will have on continuing efforts to ensure peace, justice and security in both Israel and Palestine.

Rev. Msgr. Patrick Powers, P.H.
General Secretary
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

August 20, 2015

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