27 February, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 10/24/2012
HOLY LAND
Catholic ordinaries in Holy Lands slam Cremisan wall
Twenty-two prelates and priests from various Catholic denominations signed the press release issued yesterday. They deny tendentious charges that the Vatican had agreed with Israel to the construction of a wall, illegal under international law, that would deprive the residents of Beit Jala village and two Salesian convents of some 300 hectares of land. Bethlehem too would be negatively affected. The wall would jeopardise the survival of residents because they would be denied access to water sources needed for irrigation.

Jerusalem (AsiaNews) - The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land (ACOHL) has slammed Israel's plans to build a separation wall in the Cremisan Valley to protect itself from terrorist attacks. In a press release, Catholic ordinaries deny claims that the Vatican and Israeli authorities had reached an agreement allowing the construction of the wall, illegal according to a ruling by the International Court of Justice in 2004. Unmoved by the sensitive situation, some foreign newspapers have recently accused the Salesians of the Cremisan convent of collusion with the Israeli government.

In fact, the wall does not spare the two Salesian communities, the Salesian Sisters Convent and the Salesian Monastery, which provide local villages with educational and charitable services. A local school run by the Sisters has about 450 pupils. If the area is divided, the latter will have to go to a place that will look like a military camp surrounded by checkpoints.

Twenty-two religious leaders signed the statement, including Mgr Fouad Twal, Latin patriarch of Jerusalem and Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, custodian of the Holy Land. Both warn that the lives of 58 Christian families living in Beit Jala are now threatened. They depend for their livelihood on 300 hectares of land from which they will be cut off.

The community will lose one of the last large agricultural and recreational areas with sources of water essential for farming.

Located a few kilometres from Bethlehem, the Cremisan Valley is famous for its wine production and olive trees, a verdant belt for neighbouring villages, already stressed by overpopulation and water shortages.

According to the bishops, dividing the area would make it impossible for local Palestinians to remain, especially since many are already unemployed. The wall will also contribute to the Christian exodus from the Holy Land.

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
04/29/2013 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Jerusalem bishop says no to Cremisan wall, calling it a threat to peace
03/24/2005 ISRAEL – PALESTINE – HOLY LAND
Jerusalem: the Cross breaks down the wall of fear
by Bernardo Cervellera
11/24/2004 JORDAN - PALESTINE - ISRAEL
The international community must do something for the Holy Places
05/04/2009 PALESTINE - VATICAN
Bethlehem: refugees await Pope to show him the Wall
by Abib Khoury
03/26/2009 VATICAN – HOLY LAND
Papal trip to the Holy Land rich in meaning

Editor's choices
EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
It looks like someone is trying to shout us down
by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiunThe widespread optimism concerning the dialogue between the Holy See and China is largely groundless. Some Chinese bishops unable to speak freely are asked "leading" questions. The key issues remain unresolved, namely episcopal appointments and the fate of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Benedict XVI's Letter to Chinese Catholics, also cited by Pope Francis, provides guidelines. No agreement is better than a bad agreement. What happened to Msgr. Cosma Shi Enxiang and Msgr. James Su Zhimin? Hong Kong's bishop emeritus, champion of religious freedom in China, delivers a vibrant reflection.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.