BETHLEHEM – On Monday 6th July 2015 the Israeli High Court took a decision giving finally the green light to the Ministry of the Israeli Army to start constructing the Separation Wall in the Cremisan Valley of Beit Jala.

According to this decision, the Court restricted the implementation of its last decision – blocking the construction of the Wall in Cremisan Valley – to the two Salesian convents and their lands.  Accordingly, the army will start building the Separation Wall in areas belonging to families of Beit Jala, leaving without construction for the moment the few hundreds of meters located close to the convents and their lands.

This decision was published following a statement by the army confirming its intention to start building the eastern portion of the wall on lands belonging to Christian families in the Cremisan Valley, arguing that the last decision of the Court, revealed in April, did not cancel the plan of the wall, but just recommended to avoid convents and their lands. The Court has therefore restricted the implementation of the decision which has blocked the construction of the Wall exclusively to the region which surrounds the convents and their lands.


Source: Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem