February 17, 2014

On the eve of an Israeli Supreme Court decision concerning the construction of a contested segment of the security barrier in the West Bank town of Beit Jalla, U.S. and Canadian bishops sent letters to their governmental representatives urging them to push Israel to stop building along the proposed route.

If built according to the Israeli plan, the proposed extension of the security barrier would cut through Palestinian-owned land, separating families from their agricultural land as well as separating the Salesian Sisters' school from the community it serves.

The schoolchildren would be forced to go through a military-like checkpoint gate to reach their school if the barrier is built.