Emboldened by our President, Israeli settlers are pressing for fast track demolition of the entire Palestinian village of Khan Al Ahmar, including their school with 172 students, mosque, medical clinic, and all their homes. Demolition will happen as soon as Thursday.   The children need your help.   Here's how:

 

1.   Send an effective email to Congress Now


2. On Monday, please call your members of Congress

Ask to speak to their Senior Staff for Foreign Policy
to confirm that they've received your email

 

3.  Join a Stay Human Conference Call
on Wednesday, March 1st

11am Pacific / Noon Mtn / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern / 9pm Jerusalem time
We're using the Rebuilding Alliance Forum to see and hear from Mr. Eid Abu Khamis, community leader in Khan al Ahmar, directly from his home.  A distinguished rabbi from Rabbis for Human Rights who has been working with the Jahalin Bedouin community for many years will also join the teleconference.

Here’s what happened:  

  • Last Sunday, Feb 19th, the Israeli Army surrounded the West Bank Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan Al Ahmar, going house to house to issue stop-work orders against all 146 structures with notice of demolition set for Thursday Feb 23rd. Recognizing the new stop-work orders as an end run to bypass the High Court, Attorney Shlomo Lecker, the distinguished lawyer for Khan Al Ahmar, immediately sought — and received — a letter from the High Court stating that no demolition orders could be issued before Thursday, March 2nd. Human rights advocates from groups including B’tselem, Rabbis for Human Rights, Jahalin Solidarity, Bimkom, and Ir Amim were onsite immediately to help sound the alarm.
  • The Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al Ahmar in the West Bank is located between the Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim and one of its elite suburbs, Kfar Adumim, in the E1 corridor of the West Bank. To allow for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit with President Trump, the Israeli Knesset deferred voting on a bill in January to unilaterally annex Ma’ale Adumim and surrounding area — but the U.N. reports that Israel's demolitions of Palestinian homes, barns, and wells have aggressively escalated.
  • Diplomats from the U.N., the E.U., and many European governments, along with Palestinian officials, visited the village last week and expressed their concern to their Israeli counterparts. So far, the U.S. is absent; there’s been no visit by the U.S. Consul General. That’s where American Constituents — you, your family and friends, me, my family and friends, we — make all the difference.

How this works:

  • Every Senator and every Representative — both Republican and Democrat — promises to help their Constituent (you) to resolve an urgent issue with any Federal agency . THIS IS AN URGENT ISSUE.  When they call the Israeli Embassy or Consulate on your behalf, they get the Government of Israel's full attention, and their call to the State Department will bolster the U.S. Consul General's action.    
  • Please note, this really works. For years members of Congress have been intervening to keep Susiya Village and Al Aqaba Village standing.   As word spreads and more constituents join you, even the most conservative legislators will (quietly) take action. Once you send your email, Rebuilding Alliance will schedule a conference call briefing with your representative's staff, and we'll invite you to join the call.

Thank you for sending that email, making those follow-up calls, and for all that you do.

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