So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Dividing Families | Annexation wall in the Cremisan Valley

From the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem website:
Society of St. Yves: Full report on the annexation wall in Cremisan 
The Last Nail in the Bethlehem's Coffin: the Annexation Wall in Cremisan
Report – September 2, 2015. The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights released a report with a comprehensive summary and analysis of the Cremisan Valley case. The report aims to shed light on the grave violation of building the annexation wall in Cremisan and its destructive effect on the Palestinian Christian families living in the area.
The Report includes court decisions and documents from current legal and political proceedings, maps, photographs and additional information documenting Israel's untenable activities in the Cremisan Valley.

Recommendations from the Report (p.21):
Given the Israeli policies of expansion and annexation in the occupied Palestinian territory generally, and in the Cremisan Valley specifically, and with Israel’s expressed insistence to proceed with its plans of building the Annexation Wall in Cremisan, the Society of St. Yves calls upon the international community to urgently exert pressure on Israel and insist upon:
1. Israel to respect the local Beit Jala Palestinians’ rights to self-determination, including their property rights, right to freedom of movement as well as the right to work and to education, under the UN treaty bodies of the ICCPR and ICESCR.
2. Israel to immediately comply with its obligations under international law and abide by the ICJ’s ruling in its advisory opinion, and cease construction of the Annexation Wall in Cremisan, dismantle the parts of the Wall that were built inside the West Bank, and revoke the military orders issued relating to the Wall’s construction.
3. Israel to cease relying on its military legal regime in the West Bank to circumvent its international law obligations for the benefit of the Palestinian people under occupation as well as its own supposed democratic values.
4. The international community to refrain from assisting in maintaining the unlawful situation that has arisen following construction of the Annexation Wall and take legal measures to cease Israel’s violations of international law and international human rights law, as well as to ensure enforcement of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

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