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Bishops urge end to wall plans.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO * The Canadian government should urge Israel to stop construction of a section of its security wall that threatens the livelihood of 58 Christian families and a Catholic religious order, said the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in a letter to Canada's foreign affairs minister.

The letter, written Jan. 28, expressed concern about a proposed section of Israel's security wall that will bisect the Cremisan Valley south of Jerusalem. The wall will separate families from their farmland, prevent 400 poor students from attending a school run by Silesian sisters, place the Silesian convent "in a military zone," and separate the convent from a nearby monastery.

A statement from the Bishops of the Holy Land Coordination also called for international pressure to reroute the wall. The bishops called the Cremisan Valley wall illegal and a "flagrant breach of the Geneva Convention and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."

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Title Annotation:WORLD BRIEFS
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:7ISRA
Date:Feb 14, 2014
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