Catholic bishops slam Israel separation barrier

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A group of eight Roman Catholic bishops from Europe and North America have promised to press their governments to take position against Israel’s separation barrier in the Israel-occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank.

PressTV | Jan 11, 2012

“In the Cremisan Valley we heard about legal struggles to protect local people’s lands and religious institutions from the encroachment of the security barrier (‘the wall’),” the prelates said in a statement on the final day of their three-day-long visit to the West Bank on Thursday.

“We promise to continue urging our respective governments to act to prevent this injustice,” the bishops wrote.

The delegates attended Christian congregations in Bethlehem, Gaza Strip, and the Beit Jalla town.

In the valley, near Bethlehem, the barrier threatens to separate Palestinian communities from one another and from the land they till.

Israel began constructing the barrier in 2002 when the Palestinians had launched their second uprising.

Eighty-five percent of the wall would be inside the West Bank.

In a non-binding decision in 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) underscored the illegality of parts of the barrier built inside the West Bank. However, Israel has refused to tear it down.

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Aug 12, 2012 | by occpal

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Introduction

Israel’s West Bank Barrier has become the most visible manifestation of the Israeli military occupation and most pressing issue for Palestinians. Often misleadingly called a “fence”, the considerable structure snakes through the West Bank on Palestinian land, leaving Palestinians on the wrong side isolated from their land, extended families, and way of life.

One year on: The illegality of the Wall

One year ago on 9 July 2004, at the request of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice in The Hague issued an Advisory Opinion on the legal consequences of Israel’s construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The Court made clear that the construction of the Wall and the settlements were illegal. The Advisory Opinion of the Court represents the most authoritative statement to date of the content and applicability of international law concerning Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory. On July 10, 2005, the Israeli cabinet approved the construction of the Wall in Jerusalem and vowed the completion of the Wall by September 2005.

Case before the International Court of Justice

On 8 December 2003, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution (A/RES/ES-10/14) in which it requested the International Court of Justice to “urgently render an advisory opinion on the legal consequences arising from the construction of the wall being built by Israel, in the occupied Palestinian territories, including in and around East Jerusalem, considering the rules and principles of international law. The Request for an Advisory Opinion was transmitted to the Court by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in a letter dated 8 December 2003 which was received in the Registry on 10 December 2003. The ICJ ruling against the Barrier was rendered on 9 July 2004.

Humanitarian Impact and Legal Implications

These documents and overviews provide analyses and assessments of the humanitarian impact of Israel’s Apartheid Wall and its legal consequences. Reports included assess impact on movement, education, health, refugees and legal consequences in terms of international humanitarian law.

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The Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign’s mission is to Stop the Wall. The Campaign calls for: (1) the immediate cessation of the building of the Wall, (2) the dismantling of all parts of the Wall and its related zones already built, (3) the return of lands confiscated for the path of the Wall, and (4) the compensation of damages and lost income due to the destruction of land and property in addition to the restitution of land. This page offers the latest news posted on the StopTheWall.org website.

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