Hope all is well! I have a lot to tell you. First and foremost, Morgan Bach, our second teacher in the village as part of this program, has been able to get her visa extended, so she will be staying in Al Aqaba Village for another three months. She recently wrote to us, saying that she is now working on the new village website and coordinating visits to the guest house. "Since I got here I've been assisting Haj Sami with correspondence, grant proposals, and English editing. I also blog, make videos, and send e-mails promoting the village."
Now the bad news: new demolition orders were issued against another 17 structures in Al Aqaba. Click here to watch Morgan Bach's remarkable video. Morgan, who lives on site in Al Aqaba. briefly interviewed the Israeli Civil Administrators who issued the new demolition orders then visited a family whose home was tagged. I've attached a copy of the most recent UN OCHA fact sheet describing the scale of this policy.
On a brighter side, while we urge people throughout the U.S. to call Congress, we are pleased to report that the U.N. Secretary General's office is responding! Staff of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited Al Aqaba yesterday. Tomorrow as part of a tour of the Palestinian Occupied Territories, a large group will arrive in Al Aqaba — there's a good chance this visit will this include the U.N. Secretary General himself! Please follow the Secretary General’s website.
We will send you more updates soon. Thank you for supporting this project and the Village of Al Aqaba. Your support has made it possible to bring wonderful teachers like Morgan to Al Aqaba! We're now recruiting more teachers, so I promise to send you the job description and job application in my next message.
As always, please write to me or call if you have questions or suggestions.
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