Statement on the verdict of the Court regarding the Israeli separation wall in the Cremisan district.
Bethlehem, May 2, 2013
The Salesians of the Middle East continue to support the position of the Beit Jala families, remaining firm on their position on the issue of the wall, as they repeatedly expressed in previous press releases and also to the Israeli Court.
1. The Salesians of the Middle East reject the imposition of a wall that divides people in the Holy Land and separates various religious institutions.
2. The Salesians petitioned the aforesaid Court that the separation wall not separate the properties of the Cremisan convent in the town of Beit Jala and that all properties of the Cremisan convent remain joined with the town of Beit Jala.
3. The Israeli authorities decided upon the entire route of the wall by unilateral decisions, regardless of the legal opinion on the construction of the wall issued by the International Court of Justice on July 9, 2004.
4. The Salesian Middle East Province expresses its full and continued solidarity with the Palestinian families in Beit Jala, who are penalized in their rights and deprived of their property due to the construction of the wall. Moreover, it expresses its intention to continue its support for the legal case of these families against the wall, reserving the right to take legal action to protect ownership which has not been defined in previous agreements between the two states.
With our prayer that peace and justice will come to the Holy Land.
Father Munir El Rai
sian Middle East Provincial