Holy land – Planned unilateral partial annexation of West Bank land is “unjust, from a historical, moral and human rights perspective”.
On 7 May this year (2020) the Patriarchs and Heads of the Holy Land Churches published a common declaration, calling on the new Israeli government to “refrain” from its planned a partial annexation of West Bank land. The Israeli Prime Minister plans to formally present his strategy on 1 July this year. Already rejected by the Palestinians, the plan envisages, in particular, the annexation by Israel of the Jordan Valley and many Jewish colonies in the occupied territories of West Bank. ACN International spoke recently with Auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Patriarchal Latin Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine, who warned that this “unilateral” decision would, directly or indirectly, provoke violent reactions and prompt a new wave of emigration among Christians. At the same time, he made it clear that his view reflected the general expression of the views of all the Christian Churches of the Holy Land – as witnessed by their recent joint statement. He was interviewed by Christophe Lafontaine.
Patriarchal Latin Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine - Bishop Giacinto Boulos Marcuzzo during a meeting with ACN's communication team in Nazareth. Photographer: Maria Lozano. Copyright Aid to the Church in Need.