Urgent: Palestinian families are asking Americans to help keep their villages standing. Last year when Susiya zoning plan was denied, the world responded. Our Contact Congress briefings helped keep Susiya Village standing. Now a new demolition emergency is underway. Though 116 Palestinian villages in the West Bank Area C filed detailed zoning plans to protect their property from demolition, the Gov of Israel has not approved any Palestinian zoning plans in the last 6 years. We need your help.
In the first months of 2016, dozens of Palestinian families were made homeless. Human rights groups are sounding the alarm. When people around the world see the demolitions, and learn of the injustice, many mistakenly assume there's nothing they can do. Last summer, 52 members of Congress met with us or joined our conference call briefings and took action to keep Susiya standing. The US Consul General visited twice as a result. With your support, constituents will press officials to do more.
Congress responds when constituents ask. Eight years ago, members of Congress successfully intervened to save the Palestinian village of Al Aqaba. Last year, when a Senator and 11 Representatives sent public letters, the Israeli Army entered into discussions with Susiya instead of demolishing. With demolitions on the rise again, there's no time to lose. Rebuilding Alliance is scheduling 100 briefings with Senate & House staff and constituents to keep Palestinian villages standing. Please help.
In 2008, a Senate staffer said, "We don't intervene on such cases, but MY child is in kindergarten and I would be upset if it was demolished. I will make calls to keep Al Aqaba's kindergarten standing." Our conference calls give constituents from all walks of life a tangible way to press their elected officials to save Palestinian villages. Congress's recognition of the simple right of Palestinian villagers to plan and build on the land they own is a first step toward building peace.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).
Yesh Din- "From Occupation to Annexation"
Rabbis for Human Rights report, video re. Susiya
UN Official calls on Israel to halt demolitions
Vulnerability Profile of Palestinian Communities