‘Grave obstacle’ to peace
Christian leaders in the Holy Land are concerned about the so-called security wall; they call it a “grave obstacle” to peace, says Costandi Bastoli, Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
“It has a devastating effect on the Christian communities in both Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
“It will divide families, land and neighbourhoods. It will cut people from their livelihoods, and students from their schools, hampering the abilities of religious institutions to function normally.”
Last November, Pope John Paul II said: “The Holy Land does not need walls, but bridges.”
In his Lenten message the Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah, head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land, said: “The circumstances we have to face in the Holy Land are in fact circumstances of war: siege imposed on all, death imposed on some, prison and torture, various deprivations, house demolitions, destruction of agriculture, attacks and killings of innocent victims.
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