Settlements and Route of the Barrier in the West Bank

Settlements are located throughout all of the West Bank and are considered an obstacle to peace and a negotiated two-state solution. They are built on Palestinian land and prevent any contiguous geographical link between remaining Palestinian urban and rural areas. For more detailed information about settlements and other related issues, please visit the following websites:

The barrier has been a difficult issue for Palestinians and Israelis. Specifically, its impact is irreversibly damaging the dwindling Christian community. The route of the barrier has divided Bethlehem from Jerusalem, which threatens to stifle Christian life by preventing access to holy sites, places of prayer, and contiguity of the Christian population with its spiritual, cultural, and economic lifeline. Furthermore, the construction of the barrier on the Mount of Olives is altering the role of Christian institutions.