save the valley in Cremisan: online petition

31 Jan

Cremisan school

The Society of St. Yves is the Catholic Center for Human Rights of the Latin Patriarchate (the Roman Catholic Archdiocese) in the Holy Land. The lawyers of this society have been arguing before the Israeli Supreme Court, at the request of the Latin Patriarchate, asking the Court to stop the Israeli government from building a new section of the security fence (separation wall) through the Cremisan valley at the edge of Beit Jala (Bethlehem).

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Last summer I celebrated Mass in Cremisan valley, and wrote about the place in this previous post: “Not on Friday, but on Tuesday.”

The Society of St. Yves outlines the reasons against the building of this section of the wall, and provides an online petition of support for their position that will be sent to Israeli authorities.  Find out more and sign the petition at “Save the valley in Cremisan: Support bridges, not walls!

When I signed the petition, I wrote this as my reason for signing:

Our friends in Israel could clearly express their desire for reconciliation and security for all who live in the land by a decision NOT to build this section of the fence/wall in the Cremisan valley as it is proposed. Just think of the good public relations message that the Israeli government would put out and the good will that they would spread by making it known that they want the Christians to stay, that they want the people of Beit Jala to have a green space in which to rest and play, that they want the people of the area to have access to water, that they do not want the farmers to lose their livelihood, and that they want the children of the valley to feel safe and secure enough to live and learn as all children deserve – by making it known that they will NOT build that proposed wall/fence through the valley of Cremisan. The Israelis and the Israel government have an opportunity here that they do not often have to put their actions where their words are and their hearts where their minds are. An international audience would hear the message. Not building the wall/fence in the Cremisan Valley along the proposed route is a win-win situation for both the Israelis and the Palestinians, and especially for the children on both sides of that fence/wall that now divides them.

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8 Responses to “save the valley in Cremisan: online petition”

  1. Aimee Baer January 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    Thanks for continuing to raise awareness of this! Petition signed and requests made to friends for our brothers and sisters in Palestine.

  2. Jay Porcaro January 31, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Great notification on this important issue, Father. I gave it wide circulation to the Holy Sepulchre community, K of Cs, and parish committees who may have missed your post. THANKS!

    • Father Rob Waller January 31, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

      It would interesting to know to what extent the KHS are aware of this.

  3. Waseim Kasabry February 1, 2013 at 5:02 am #

    Today 1-2-2013 is the Penultimate friday…the next is the last Friday before the final dission of the court about Crimesan … we still Pray and pray….we are not to fight with gons NO we fhgting with our preyers every Friday BUT these 2 lasrt friday is the most important to sharing us with our prayers for saving Crimesan

    • Father Rob Waller February 1, 2013 at 8:07 am #

      That means the “final decision” is made by the Israeli Court on Friday, February 15, 2013. How would I respond if this were happening in my back yard?

  4. Michaela Knigge February 6, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    No wall in Cremisan!
    No war against civilians!
    More communication between peoples!
    More peace and tolerance!

  5. Ivan Stojanović February 9, 2013 at 3:11 am #

    Everybody has to respect children rights to learn and build bridges not walls…

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