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PRESS RELEASE – The Knesset passed a new law on Monday night, February 6, 2017, allowing the Israeli State to appropriate private Palestinian lands on which Israelis have built settlement homes without authorization in the Palestinian Territories.

The Latin Patriarchate strongly condemns this unjust and unilateral law that allows the de facto annexation of Palestinian private lands for the benefit of Israeli settlements. Such a law undermines the two-State solution, further eliminating hopes of peace and could have serious consequences.

Strongly concerned about the future of peace and justice in the Holy Land, the Latin Patriarchate calls on leaders to take decisive decisions in favor of peace, justice and dignity for all.

Photo: Construction of the separation wall in the Bethlehem area – April 2016. © Archives of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

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