June 2016
Dear friends,
Welcome to our June Newsletter!
The Society of St. Yves was founded in 1991 and is working under the patronage of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem to help "the poor and the oppressed" according to the social doctrine of the Catholic Church. St. Yves provides gratis legal assistance, counsel and advocacy to all members of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender or religion. Through national and international lobby and advocacy we are able to bring the light of the poor and marginalized to the attention of communities around the world in an effort to bring pressure for change.

This month, read about the most important updates on St. Yves work, including the latest updates on the Cremisan case, our most recent publication on punitive residency revocation as a mean of collective punishement , as well as a general update on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. 

The Society of St. Yves - Catholic Center for Human Rights

Updates from St. Yves
Punitive Residency Revocation: The most recent tool of forcible transfer
Five Palestinian human rights organizations, including St. Yves, published a brochure addressing collective punishment as means of forcible transfer practiced by the Israeli authorities against Palestinians in Jerusalem. These collective punishment measures vary from land confiscation and house demolitions to punitive residency revocations, and numerous other discriminatory measures aiming at isolating Jerusalem completely and forcibly transferring its local residents.
Cremisan case in the UN Security Council meeting
UK brings up the Cremisan case in its intervention before the UN Security Council meeting in New York :"The construction of the Separation Barrier is also a cause of great concern. In Cremisan, for example, where, as with 85% of the planned route, construction of the Barrier is illegal, 58 families risk being blocked from their land, their schoolings and their healthcare facilities."
Cremisan Case Update issued by St. Yves
In April 2015 a final ruling was delivered by the Israeli High Court on the Cremisan case which stated that the state of Israel must keep both the Convent and the Monastery connected to each other as one unit and to the population whom they serve in the Bethlehem district and that a “facilitated access” to land should be given to the landowners.Several weeks after the decision the Israeli Ministry of Defense expressed its intention to start building the annexation Wall in an area called Beir-Ona which constitutes the beginning of the Cremisan valley.

St. Yves ongoing awareness raising program
St. Yves continues to hold awareness raising sessions regarding issues related to residency, house demolitions, security ban, the rights and entitlements of people with disabilities, widening its target groups and aiming to extend its outreach to communities directly affected and unaware of their social entitlements and legal procedures.
Updates from the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Settlement expansion strengthens extremism, endangers Israelis
Settlement watchdog Peace Now slammed the Israeli government’s approval of 800 housing units in the Maale Adumim illegal settlement bloc and in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday, saying the decision endangered “both the possibility for peace and two states and the security of Israeli citizens.”
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'We want our sons': Families of slain Palestinians held by Israel stage sit-in at Aqsa
Family members of slain Palestinians whose bodies are still being held by Israeli authorities staged a sit-in at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday, demanding Israel return the bodies in a campaign titled: "We want our sons."
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Israel closes areas of Hebron's Old City 'until further notice'
Israeli forces closed several areas in the Old City of Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Thursday “until further notice,” following a stab attack that was carried out earlier in the day in the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement, according to local sources.
The Catholic Bishops’ Assembly welcomes Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate
His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal, having reached the legal age, according to article 401, §1 of the Code of Canon Law. His Holiness has appointed the Very Reverend Pierbattista Pizzaballa, OFM, former Custos of the Holy Land for twelve years, as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, until the appointment of a new Patriarch.

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