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This Is How We Can Keep the Palestinian Village of Susiya Standing

by Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director
September 18th, 2015

Ask Congress to Attend “Pinwheels for Peace” Hill Briefing


A Palestinian child from Susiya with his Pinwheel for Peace.

Monday is International Peace Day and member group Rebuilding Alliance is celebrating by bringing a delegation of Palestinian children and adults from the West Bank villages of Susiya and Umm el Kheir to brief Congress on their efforts to remain on their land as Israel attempts to destroy their villages.

The briefing will take place on Monday, September 21 at noon in B354 in the Rayburn House Office Building. If you’re in DC, join us. 

Click here to urge your Members of Congress to attend this important briefing.

The briefing will feature testimony from people such as Fatma Nawaje of the Rural Women’s Association of the South Hebron Hills. “Just before I was born, my family was forced from our homes in 1986, even though we have clear title to our land,” she said. “We ask Americans to hear our story and urge their Members of Congress to press Israel to recognize our right to plan our future on the land we own.”

Please take a few minutes today to write and call your Members of Congress to honor Fatma’s request.

And then share this alert on Facebook and Twitter.

It’s the least we can do because it is our government’s military and diplomatic support for Israel that enables it to continue to drive Palestinians from their homes and land, part of the unrelenting Nakba Palestinians have faced since 1948. 

These Palestinian villages are located in Area C, which is the 60 percent of the West Bank remaining under full Israeli control after the Oslo Accords. It is nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain permits from Israeli authorities to build in Area C, part of Israel’s policy of restricting the growth of Palestinian population centers there while expanding Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. 

According to a new UN report, Under Threat: Demolition Orders in Area C of the West Bank, the Israeli Army’s Civil Administration has over 13,000 demolition orders currently pending against Palestinian homes, schools, barns, and water cisterns.

Your Members of Congress need to hear these villagers’ testimonies and understand the human impact of our policy

And Congressional engagement may be the best way to keep these villages standing. Thanks to the Rebuilding Alliance’s great campaign, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) headed up a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry in July, signed by ten other Members of Congress, expressing their concern about the possible impending demolition of Susiya. 

Over the past few years, we’ve hosted many packed Congressional briefings because constituents like you contact your Members of Congress to tell them how important these issues are to you. 

Let’s make sure we get an overflow audience for this briefing too and help keep the villages of Susiya and Umm El Kheir standing. 

Sincerely,

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Yousef Munayyer
Executive Director

PS: It’s not too late to register online for our 14th Annual National Conference in Atlanta, GA from September 25-27. But act quickly. Online registration closes at 5:00 PM Eastern on Monday.