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2016 sees alarming increase in home demolitions

Between 1 January and 15 February 2016, Israeli forces destroyed, dismantled or confiscated 283 homes and other structures, displacing 404 Palestinians, including 219 children, and affecting another 1,150 Palestinians, who lost structures related to their livelihood. Over 100 of the demolished structures were provided as humanitarian assistance to families in need, often in the wake of an earlier demolition. These incidents occurred in 41 Palestinian locations, many in Palestinian Bedouin or herder communities in Area C.

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The number of demolitions for just the first six weeks of 2016 is greatly alarming... Over 400 Palestinians have been displaced from their homes - equivalent to over half the total number of Palestinians Displaced in all of 2015.”
— Robert Piper, Coordinator for Humanitarian and UN Development Activities for the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Source: UN OCHA OPT Press Release


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Rebuilding Alliance, with your help, had remarkable success last summer as members of Congress took action to keep the village of Susiya standing. Now, as an important way to speak for justice and bring calm in the West Bank and Israel, we urge you to join us in our effort to prevent home demolitions by contacting your Congressional representatives. We had seven calls with Senators and Representatives offices in DC since Feb 1, 2016, and more are being scheduled every day. Please join one of our upcoming conference calls with your elected official and help us ask them to take two simple actions: call the State Department and call the Israeli Embassy.


Tell them,   "I Care About Peace, I Care About Palestine"

Urge them to Recognize the rights of Palestinians to
plan and live on the land they own"




Your calls to Congress matter.  The public letter by Rep. Eshoo and 10 colleagues was quoted around the world, and Representative Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) went public too. Even Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) wrote a public letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urging him to refrain from demolitions. Numerous private calls have been made to the State Dept and the Embassy of Israel.  

Grassroots efforts have also helped. Nearly 30,000 people have signed Jewish Voice for Peace's petition to Secretary of State John Kerry!

We are continuing our outreach and advocacy by scheduling conference calls across the country with foreign policy staffers in Senate offices across the country.

If you prefer direct action, call your Senators and member of Congress to ask them to call the Israeli Embassy and the U.S. State Department on your behalf.  

Only have a minute?  Please sign our petition, Congress: Tell the Israeli Embassy, "I Care About Peace, I Care About the Palestinian Village of Susiya" and please share widely

And the Benefit:   Senate engagement is key now — Senators (and Representatives too) have the ability to directly call the Israeli Embassy and press them to recognize Susiya's right to plan and build and live on the land they own.