John Viacrucis, Moorhead, Published July 08 2013
Letter: Peace is possible in the Holy LandLike many Americans and Christians, I support a long-lasting peace in the Holy Land. I urge you to pay more attention to the convent of Salesian Nuns in the Cremisan Valley that needs our help in stopping the separation barrier that will prevent them from accessing their lands and their livelihood.
Recently, a decision by the Israeli Special Appeals Committee approved the routing of a separation wall that will divide the convent from its farmland and its neighboring monastery. In addition, farmers from the neighboring village will have to go through a locked gate that can only be opened by members of the Israeli army in order to work their farmland. The Salesian nuns will lose most of their lands, their livelihood and their school, which will be surrounded on three sides by a 25-foot concrete wall.
We care about this situation because we are concerned about our sisters and brothers who have been longing for peace.
Separating Catholic nuns and farmers from their property is not the way to make peace. Furthermore, these actions undermine America’s own efforts and the work of Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate a just peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.
Please help us spread the message that peace is possible.