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Holy Land bishops’ official rues decision on security wall

Catholic World News - May 06, 2013

The chairman of the media committee of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land lamented a recent Israeli court decision that affirmed the government’s seizure of most of the land owned by a Salesian convent for the rerouting of the Israeli West Bank barrier through the Cremisan Valley.

The government also confiscated land owned by nearly five dozen families.

“It is far from reflecting true justice, since first of all it confiscates land from occupied territories,” said Wadie Abunassar. “Secondly, this decision harms about 58 Palestinian families. Third, it affects negatively the Church property in the area. And fourth, above all, this decision does not reflect the culture of peace, which we eagerly need.”

“The Church it trying to [embrace] these families and to cooperate to really try to find every possible way to bring justice to them,” Abunassar added.

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