Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sec. of State Clinton condemns evictions, but families want more than words

From Ha'aretz:
"U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday criticized Israel for the eviction two Palestinian families from an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem, calling the move "deeply regrettable". "The eviction of families and demolition of homes in east Jerusalem is not in keeping with Israeli obligations and I urge the government of Israel and municipal officials to refrain from such provocative actions," Clinton said."
These evictions are not "regrettable," as if they were an accident. They are illegal--violations of international law and of the basic human rights of the Palestinian families who are now living on the street. The evictions themselves, and the Israeli military's violent response to the families' efforts to return to their homes, are funded by U.S. taxpayers. They are part of a clear policy of ethnically cleansing Palestinians from East Jerusalem--not spontaneous actions that should be "refrained from," but components of a policy that must be stopped. CNN's report on the evictions displays the treatment that members of the al-Ghawi and Hanoun families are facing at the hands of the Israeli political-military establishment, and notes that the families are looking for "more than words from the international community": The families deserve more than words. They deserve action on behalf of justice. Click here to learn more about the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem and the ethnic cleansing being faced by Palestinians there. Click here to take action to end U.S. military aid to Israel that funds occupation, ethnic cleansing, and apartheid.