It’s quick and simple. Just enter your e-mail address to receive your free subscription of our newsletter. If you’d like us to know who you are, you may at your option also include your name and the name of your organization and where you are. We respect your privacy.
The Great Debate
An urgent appeal from Jewish Voice for Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace is a national membership organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all the people of Israel and Palestine. Become a JVP Member today.
14 February 2016
Two villages are at immediate risk of being destroyed, and we need your help. Can you send an urgent message to Netanyahu?
Last week we received an urgent request from The Jewish Coalition for the Bedouin of Um al-Hiran and Atir, asking for our help. Here’s why: two villages are at immediate risk of being destroyed.
The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that the expulsions in Um al-Hiran and Atir should go ahead. But Prime Minister Netanyahu has the power to stop it, and if we show him the world is watching, he just might.
The coalition turned to us because they know that our community steps up when asked to speak out on grave injustices like this one.
The New York Times and other mainstream media outlets hardly cover this story, but it’s happening, and it’s happening now. Across Israel, non-Jewish people are being forced out of their homes to make way for new Jewish settlements.
Houses are demolished and communities ruined, so that new Jewish homes can be built — on the rubble of houses where non-Jewish families lived for decades.
I know what you’re going to say — why would we think we could have any influence over the Netanyahu government, probably the most right-wing and racist in Israeli history?
But when we raise an international outcry, they have no choice but to pay attention. Over the summer, we wrote to you about the village of Susiya, which is facing demolition by the Israeli military. Thousands of you raised the alarm, and as part of a coalition of many organizations, we stopped those demolitions — at least for now, as the villagers fight on.
What the residents of these villages want is to live with dignity, in peace with their neighbors.
These communities were already forced off their land once in 1956, and now the Israeli government wants to do the same again. Why? Because in Israel, Jewish citizens have rights and privileges that non-Jewish citizens are denied, for no reason beyond their ethnicity.
Expulsion and land theft is endemic across Israel, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Whether it’s the demolition of homes in Susiya, Airbnb vacation rentals on stolen land in Palestine, or the expulsion of Bedouin communities from Um al-Hiran, we’re committed to fighting back.
Thank you for fighting back with us.
Source: Jews for Justice for Palestinians http://jfjfp.com/?p=80454
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SHARE YOUR OPINION, POST A COMMENT
Fill in the field below to share your opinion and post your comment.
LATEST OPEN LETTERS
05-12My scream to the world
16-11To Syria and Bashar al-Assad
24-10Japan should withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN), WHO's controlling parent body, to protect the basic human rights and lives of its citizens.
09-08Open Letter to António Guterres: Will the UN Protect Our Rights and End Our Suffering?
07-05Protect Our Great Earth And Nation!
09-03Peace And Love!
06-02Non military defence of Ukraine
VIRTUAL POST OFFICE
Latest Blog Articles
28-02Our Wednesday News Analysis | When words fail, we must turn to the law
27-02When words fail, we must turn to the law
27-02Zionism and the Annihilation of Gaza: The Problem in Palestine is Not Political, but Ideological
27-02Israel has occupied Palestinian territories since 1967; UN court considers whether that’s legal
26-02The Evangelical Pope | If It’s to Be, It’s Up to me
22-02Our Friday News Analysis | What the World Reads Now!
21-02Our Wednesday News Analysis | Israel must end its occupation of Palestine to stop fuelling apartheid and systematic human rights violations
20-02Israel must end its occupation of Palestine to stop fuelling apartheid and systematic human rights violations
20-02Zionism and colonial modernity
20-02Which countries have stopped supplying arms to Israel?
19-02The Evangelical Pope | "Love Your Enemies!"