Latin patriarchate: New law governing lands poses ‘serious consequences’
The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem warned of “serious consequences” from a new law that allows the government to seize private Palestinian lands where unauthorised Israeli settlements have been built.
‘Such a law undermines the two-state solution, further eliminating hopes of peace,’ the patriarchate said in a statement on 8th February. ‘The Latin Patriarchate strongly condemns this unjust and unilateral law that allows the de facto annexation of Palestinian private land for the benefit of Israeli settlements.
‘Strongly concerned about the future of peace and justice in the Holy Land, the Latin Patriarchate calls on leaders to take decisive decisions in favour of peace, justice and dignity for all.’
The Israeli Knesset passed the law on 6th February. It will affect settlements or outposts built in “good faith” or on instructions of the government and will deem those lands as government property.
The legislation was quickly passed in the wake of the evacuation of the illegal outpost of Amona in the West Bank. The evacuation took two days, 1st to 2nd February, and was first ordered by the Israeli Supreme Court in 2014, but had repeatedly been pushed back because of legal appeals, until a final deadline of 8th February was set in December.
Picture: Heavy equipment is seen as workers clear an area for the construction of a new home in the Israeli settlement of Shilo, West Bank on 7th February. The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem warned of “serious consequences” from a new law that allows the government to seize private Palestinian lands where unauthorised Israeli settlements have been built. (CNS photo/Jim Hollander, EPA).Tags: Israel, Jerusalem, Latin Patriarchate, Palestine