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Society of St Yves Prize Winner “Living Stones” 2015

Society of St Yves Prize Winner “Living Stones” 2015



HOLY LAND – The Society St-Yves will earn the prize Living Stones of of the Ecumenical Foundation of Christians of the Holy Land (HCEF). The handing of the prize will take place during a ceremony on 16 October 2015. Together with this prize the Foundation wishes to greet the commitment of Society of St Yves in favour of Palestinians and of their rights, especially through the intermediary of judicial action.


Society St Yves, Catholic Center for Human Rights, was founded in 1991 by Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem, H.B. Michel Sabbah, to defend needy and oppressed, according to teachings recommended by the Social Doctrine of the Church. It supplies free legal aid, as well as consultations to members of the Palestinian community in need.


The Center fights for the civil and social rights of the Palestinians, in different fields – residency rights in Jerusalem, family reunion, registration of children, freedom of movement, demolition of houses and expropriation of lands. Its motto “I am the guardian of my brother” urges it to carry on its mission, to plea for justice for everybody despite racial, sexual or religious considerations.


Last April, the Society won victory in the long legal battle regarding the Valley of Cremisan. “With this victory, stated Sir Rateb Rabie, chairman of the Ecumenical Foundation of Christians of the Holy Land, the Society was able to save confiscation of 3000 dunoms of private land in Beit Jala. Had they lost, the wall would have divided the properties of the Salesians in two, and would have separated them from the community which they serve”.


The prize “Living Stones” of the Ecumenical Foundation was established to honour institutions and associations committed in favour of Christians of the Holy Land. Through their action, these institutions show their determination to keep the presence of these living stones on the land where Christianity was born.


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