USCCB committee chair calls for congressional action on Cremisan Valley
February 17, 2015
The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace has asked Congress to call upon Israel not to extend the Israeli West Bank barrier through the Cremisan Valley.
“The proposed routes of the separation barrier would effectively confiscate the Palestinian agricultural and recreational lands of over 50 Christian families,” said Bishop Oscar Cantú.
“The barrier would also negatively impact the work of the Catholic Church in the Valley by separating a Salesian monastery from a nearby convent, isolating both their ministries from critical resources and contacts with the local population,” he added. “The proposed route would surround a Salesian school for 450 students on three sides with a militarized barrier.”
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