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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Declaration on Cremisan by the Salesian Middle East Province

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Statement on the verdict of the Court regarding the Israeli separation wall in the Cremisan district.
Bethlehem, May 2, 2013

The Salesian Middle East Province strongly deplores the April 24, 2013 verdict of the Israeli Special Appeals Commission on the Cremisan district separation wall. The Commission approved the route of the wall according to plans submitted by the Israeli authorities, rejecting the position of the Salesian Province and families of the town of Beit Jala.

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.

In summary:

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
Salesian Middle East Provincial

Source: http://en.lpj.org/2013/05/06/declaration-on-cremisan-by-the-salesian-middle-east-province/

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