Latin Patriarchate protests Israeli resumption of work on separation wall in Cremisan
Construction work on the separation wall in the Cremisan valley near Bethlehem intensified at the beginning of April 2016 and has entered its operational phase. After excavators and bulldozers, cranes are now embedding sections that were once home of centuries-old olive trees.
The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has expressed its profound disappointment at the continuing work and reiterates its condemnation of this operation carried out by Israeli forces.
“The construction of a separation wall and the unjust confiscation of land belonging to Christian families in Beit Jala is a violent offence against the peace process”.
The planned route runs through the Cremisan valley on land owned by 58 Christian Palestinian families, close to a monastery and its sister convent and school. The wall has been opposed by local Christian leaders and the Vatican.