Beit Jala (Agenzia Fides) - The construction work of the separation wall in the Cremisan has intensified at the beginning of April 2016 and has entered its operational phase. After excavators and bulldozers, cranes are now embedding sections of concrete, eight meters high on the land of this valley, that was once home of centuries-old olive trees.
The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, in a statement released through its official channels, 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", the statement said, "is a violent offense against the peace process".
The patriarchal statement recalls the International Court of Justice ruled on July 9, 2004, as well as the General Assembly of the UN, that the construction of the wall is illegal and demanded that it be dismantled.
Also in April 2015 the Israeli Supreme Court had recognized that the barrier is no justification to the security of Israel. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 11/04/2016)