Thursday, November 07, 2013

Latin Patriarch Deplores Israeli Demolition of a Church Property

Destruction of family house in East Jerusalem is an act of vandalism, says Patriarch Twal
VATICAN CITY, November 06, 2013 ( - The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem has protested against Israel’s demolition of a Church-owned property in East Jerusalem, saying it was a breach of international law and an act of vandalism that eroded chances for peace.
“This act is against the law, against justice and against humanity, against any ideology upon which peace can be built and increases segregation and hate,” Patriarch Fouad Twal told journalists at the site of the demolition Nov. 5.
Israeli security forces and bulldozers arrived at the house early Monday morning claiming it had been built without a permit, according to its residents, a Muslim family of 14. The family is now residing in a tent belonging to the Red Cross.
Patriarch Twal said the property, located on the south eastern edge of the city close to Bethlehem, was built before 1967 when Israel seized East Jerusalem from the Arabs in the Six-Day War.
Archbishop Twal said the patriarchate did not receive prior orders for the demolition. “This is holy land and always will be, and the interior ministry, the [Jerusalem] municipality and Israeli organisations knew it belonged to the patriarchate,” he said.
He added that the Church would now appeal to Israeli and international courts; he has already complained to the interior ministry and the municipality. “It is an act of vandalism that infringes international law,” the Patriarch said.
This is reported to be the first time the Israeli government had demolished property belonging to the Church.

Christians, Muslims and diplomats attended the Nov. 5th rally at the demolished house, organised by the Latin Patriarchate.

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