Building in Jerusalem/ A Catholic Stand
Summery: Those land where the Israelis decided to build new stettlements are for the most Christian Community lands. “Have the Israeli Authorities the intention to reduce the Christian presence and invite Christians to emigrate by confiscating their lands? Asks the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem! The answer is that the Israeli continued their politic of confiscation and decided to build agiast international laws.
About a year ago the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem sent a press Release world wide asking the Israeli Authorities to stop confiscating the Arab Lands. Easter was around the corner. A year after, and again, Easter is around the corner, Israeli Authorities decided to build on those confiscated lands from the Christian Community in the Holy Land.
a- This provocation shows that the Christian Community is deprived of its fundamental rights. Muslims and Christians are suffering from the same Israeli discremination. Palestinians as one people are (Muslims, Christians and Jews), they do need a CLEAR STAND for JUSTICE from the international community.
b- This provocation makes that the question that Patriarch Sabbah asked on point 3 “Have the Israeli Authorities the intention to reduce the Christian presence and invite Christians to emigrate by confiscating their lands? As if the Israeli Authorities answered YES WE WANT IT, who cares for Christians in the Holy Land!
c- When confications raise frustration, violence is fueled and nourished. We need your prayers, your CLEAR STANDS to stop all kind of violence. Confiscatng lands and building over those conficating land, despite the international law and signed agreements, are clear VIOLENCE. Please, help us to stop all kind of violence
Rev. Labib Kobti
Press Release from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Confiscation or lands in the area of Bethlehem
1. The Israeli Authorities have decided to confiscate land In the area of Bethlehem, on the site. called “Abu Ghneim", in the South East of Bethlehem. This Site will be connected with Jerusalem, by a highway, through more land to be confiscated in Beth Sahour, Bethlehem and up the hill in Beit-Jala.
2. The confiscation of any land, in the Palestinian territories, can only provoke opposition and endanger the peace process. We cannot understand such contradictory measures: from one side Palestinians are requested to make paece, on the other side, their lands are confiscated. These confiscations raise in all hearts frustration and despair and are one of the main factors which is exploited by extremists and which lead to more violence. Again, all, people and authorities, want violence to disappear once and for all; but at the same time, measures are taken by the responsible authorities to give more fuel to extremists and to violence.
3. Lands to be conflscated in the area of Bethlehem belong almost in their totality to Christians. It is strange that this confiscation takes place just at the beginning of the Holy Week, on the eve of Palm Sunday, and at the approach of our Paschal feasts. Have the Israeli Authorities the intention to reduce the Christian presence and to invite christians to emigrate, by confiscating their lands?
We do not think so. Therefore we ask Israeli Authoritics to reconsider their decision and to stop these confiscations, in order to build a solid peace and security for all, Israelis and Palestinians, and in order to secure the presence of christians in their lands and In their feasts.
Jerusalem, Palm Sunday: March 30th, 1996