Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli security forces over a planned barrier that threatens to split a Catholic monastery and convent into two. Roselle Chen reports.
Clashes erupt between Israeli security forces and Palestinians protesting against the construction of a section of an Israeli barrier in the occupied West Bank. The wall threatens to separate a Catholic monastery and convent, splitting the compound in two. Israel has resumed construction of the wall along the disputed route, despite a court ruling to use a different route. Former Latin patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabah marched with protesters. SOUNDBITE: Michel Sabah, former Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, saying (Arabic): "Our message today is very simple, to Israel, to the soldiers here, to the court that made the ruling, our message is: this land is ours. Whatever you ruled, whatever you decided, you are deciding by the force of wars and weapons, and this is illegal." The Defense Ministry says the barrier's construction in Beit Jalla complies with the Supreme Court's decision. Israel has offered to leave a 200-meter gap in the barrier for the monastery and convent but Palestinians reject the idea, saying the gap won't last and that the barrier will eventually be built through the Catholic compound.