Holy Land: again a call for help for Cremisan Valley, near Bethlehem

Monday, December 8, 2014

Calling on help again from the international community, the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land on December 5, 2014, expressed concern about the impact the proposed security wall will have on the mainly Christian community of the Beit Jala municipality, near Bethlehem.

As well, in a news release issued December 1, the Society of St. Yves Catholic Centre for Human Rights noted that the latest plan by the Israeli Ministry of Defence is also being criticized as a failure from the security perspective and says the present plan for the wall will not achieve security.

Last January, in a letter to the Honorable John Baird, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), had also expressed the concerns of the CCCB about the security wall in the Cremisan Valley. In his letter to Mr. Baird, Archbishop Durocher said “we ask your government to raise our objections about the extension of the security wall in the Cremisan Valley, with the hope that a change to the present Israeli plan could become one step forward toward making it possible for Palestinians and Israelis to live in peace and justice.”

Link to the statement of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land

Link to the news release of the Society of St. Yves