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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Holy Land Separation Wall: Salesian convent divided from 58 Christian families?

Cremisan Valley: Israeli forces uprooting olive trees in Beir ‘Ona - Beit Jala and bulldozing the land in preparation for the construction of the separation wall in the region.—Society of St. Yves (Facebook).
BETHLEHEM – Israeli bulldozers went into action at Beir Ona near Cremisan, for the construction of the Separation Wall. Many olive trees have been uprooted, as reported by the St. Yves Society, with supporting photographs.
The St. Yves Society, a Catholic center for human rights, posted photos on (its) Facebook and Twitter accounts. One can see several bulldozers uprooting olive trees, near Beir Ona.
A new request had just been submitted to the Israeli Supreme Court, a few days earlier, by the Society. They are asking the Israeli Ministry of Defense to present the new route of the separation wall, before starting construction. A court decision was expected.
To recall, a decision of the Israeli High Court, in July, had approved the construction of the separation wall in the Valley. This would divide the property. The monastery and the Salesian convent remain on the Palestinian side, while 58 Christian families in the Valley would see their land and homes go on the Israeli side of the wall.
Manuella Affejee, LPJ site.
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The Society of St. Yves: click HERE.
The Society of St. Yves is a Catholic human rights organization working under the patronage of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem.
It was founded in 1991 by the former Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, Michel Sabbah, to help "the poor and the oppressed" according to the social doctrine of the Catholic Church.
St. Yves provides gratis legal assistance, counsel and advocacy to members of the community. Through National and International Lobby and Advocacy we are able to bring the situation of the poor and marginalized to the attention of communities around the world.
Today St. Yves manages some 700 cases per year and asissts about 2,000 people.

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