By asking Congress to call the State Department and the Israeli Embassy on their behalf (not lobbying for specific legislation), constituents are stopping Israel's demolition of Palestinian villages, one by one. Recently, as sad prelude to a future peace process, the Government of Israel warned entire Palestinian communities they will be demolished soon. Help Rebuilding Alliance expand to engage more constituents and hold more telecons and in-person briefings with Congress to prevent demolitions
The Gov't of Israel demolished more Palestinian homes in 2016 than in any year since the UN began keeping record. Most were demolished for lack of an unattainable building permit - a manmade disaster. The nightmare abates when policymakers intervene to assure human rights and this builds peace. All members of Congress promise to help constituents resolve any urgent issues with U.S. agencies, but constituents must know to ask. Your donation helps constituents find their voice and saves villages.
We built a base. Over the past 2.5 years, Rebuilding Alliance has held some 192 briefings with Congressional staff, in person and over the phone, on this issue. We've brought children from Susiya and neighboring Umm al Kheir to speak to Congress three times with their visions of peace, we've brought experts to meet with the State Department and the National Security Council, and we've shared what we learned with sister organizations to keep villages standing press for Palestinian planning rights
The long-term impact of a thriving community is measured in the health of its children, the ease of the parents, and a growing economy. The recognition of the human rights of a village assures its future. Speaking tours, Congressional briefings, #HeresMyVillage mapathons, our 'Evincible' mobile app, social work that starts with Pinwheels for Peace, and an international design competition - all provide effective ways to build U.S. constituent engagement to keep Palestinian communities standing.