Thousands of Israeli settlers arrived aboard dozens of buses and cars last week, overrunning church land without permission and vandalised it, Independent Catholic News reported.
A few days earlier, groups of settlers had brought herds of cows to the lands of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and caused considerable damage.
The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has condemned the intrusion of its territory near the village of Tayasir, in the occupied West Bank.
The Christian group expressed grave concern not only over the settlers’ violations of its properties, but also at the lack of action by the Israeli authorities to put an end to such offences.
In a statement released on Saturday by a number of Catholic sources, the Patriarchate noted the settlers did not have permission to enter the land, calling the action a violation of private property.
“It should be mentioned that settlers brought their cows, some days ago, to the Patriarchate lands and caused considerable damage there,” the statement said.
“It should be mentioned also that the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem protested to the Israeli authorities on similar violations of its property near Tayasir by settlers, but – so far – violations to our property continues to take place while the authorities are practically not prohibiting them,” the Patriarchate continued.
The Patriarchate also said that it is “very concerned not only from the settlers’ violations of its properties, but also from the lack of action by the Israeli authorities to put an end to such offenses.”
The Patriarchate urged the Israeli authorities “to make sure that law to be respected by all people under their control and to ban further illegal breaking into our properties.”
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