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Members of the Security Council,
Thank you for this opportunity to brief the Council on the unfolding events in and around Gaza.
I am afraid that the last two days have seen the most serious escalation since the 2014 conflict between Hamas and Israel and a warning to all how close to the brink of war we are every day…
Attah Qasem is a 29-year-old Palestinian who lives with his wife and 2-year-old son in a small room in his father’s house in the al-Shati Refugee Camp west of Gaza City. A second child is on the way, which is both happy news and a source of anxiety.
Recently, a friend guided me to a refugee camp in western Gaza by the beach, called the al-Shati Camp. The camp, whose residents include 84,000 Palestinian refugees forced by the Israelis to leave their homes in 1949, is the oldest and largest camp in the Strip.
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A brief update on yesterday’s Israeli High Court hearing on the Khan Al Ahmar Ab al Helu case as provided by OHCHR.
Broken down by subject, this is the latest news across the globe on the Khan Al Ahmar crisis.
Adv. Shlomo Lecker, summarises Al Khan al Ahmar High Court hearing of 25.4.18, which heard:
Kfar Adumim, Nofei Prat and Alon settlers’ petition to demolish the local school
A petition by the village against demolition and forced relocation
A petition by parents of the pupils against demolition of the school and
A request by 15 settlers from Kfar Adumim demanding a “peaceful solution“ to take the rights and voice of the Bedouin into consideration.
In this time of crisis, I am writing to ask for your urgent action:
Gazans are standing by to join teleconference briefings with Congressional staff — As soon as you and two more from your district send your email, our team at Rebuilding Alliance will schedule the briefings and invite you to join the calls.
When you live mired in poverty, every detail of daily life is a challenge. Abeer and Salah al-Akharsah, along with their seven children (and an eighth on the way), live in a remote area of the Gaza Strip—Eraiba, northwest of Rafah. Salah, 41, used to earn a decent income as a trader of goods transported through the tunnels connecting Gaza with Egypt.
I was not prepared for what I found when I visited the al-Malalha family in Rafah, in the far south of the Gaza Strip. Their street was lightless, but the dim glow of the moon helped me see so I could walk without tripping. It was lined with farmland and greenhouses. Nothing could be heard but the sound of crickets.
Over the past 10 years, three wars waged on the Gaza Strip have had devastating effects on the population of 2 million in both large and small ways. Since the first war in 2008/09, says Hedaya Abu Lehia, a technician assistant at the El-Amal Audiology Clinic, Gaza has seen a 30 percent increase in hearing impairment. The reason, she reports, is the exposure to loud explosions.
There's an old axiom that says, "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime." However, the Women's Programs Centre in Gaza's city of Rafah believes it should be rewritten this way, "Teach a woman to fish, and everyone eats for a lifetime."
No Israeli media outlet sends its reporters to cover this one-sided war. If a year ago we were astonished at the number of house demolitions among Bedouin citizens in the Negev (1,158 in 2016), in the last year it turns out that the number has doubled! The Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz has reported that 2,220 Bedouin homes were demolished in 2017! This means that, in the Negev, the government of Israel is waging a unilateral war against its Bedouin citizens. It euphemistically calls the war "law enforcement."
In the West Bank's Jordan Valley settlers often expel Palestinian shepherds from their pasture lands.
On March 6, 2018 settlers from Umm Zuka in the northern Jordan Valley started to expel Palestinian shepherds. Guy Hirshfeld, an activist in the "Ta'ayush" organization, called the police and asked them to arrest the attackers. Instead of arresting the lawbreakers, the police arrested Guy and charged him with making a false claim. He was released a few hours later with an order forbidding him to enter the area for five days and his cell phone was confiscated.
"One could, perhaps, say that when the Supreme Court allowed the immediate destruction of these seven buildings, this was a minor, if temporary, victory for the Palestinians. Another twelve buildings were in the urgent list presented to the court by the Civil Administration and have not yet been approved. Of course, their turn may come next. And after that, the rest of the village may be wiped out. But for now, for the next days and weeks, there’s plenty to mourn for, and more to dread."
On Thursday, February 1st , Israel’s High Court of Justice, ruled that the Israeli Government may immediately demolish seven homes in the Palestinian village of Susiya — before the High Court even hears the villager’s petition for reconsideration of their master zoning plan.
We met with Congresswoman Eshoo yesterday, and she said the only way to stop these demolitions is for our Senators and Representatives to call the Israeli Embassy. This is especially true of the ten Senators, led by Senator Feinstein and Senator Sanders, who sent letters to Israel's Prime Minister and the ten Representatives, led by Congresswoman Eshoo, who sent letters to our President and Secretary of State. I know Senator Feinstein has already made her call.
All members of Congress promise to respond when constituents ask:
- Please call your members of Congress and ask to speak to their Senior Staff for Foreign Policy.
- In your message, ask the Senior Staff to call the Israeli Embassy today to urge the Ambassador to stop the demolition of 7 homes in Susiya and prevent making 21 children and their families homeless.
- Then send this updated email to your members of Congress to urge their action now!
Below, I've attached the urgent update from Haqel, the human rights organization representing the village of Susiya.
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High Court Decision:
7 Structures in the Village of Susya will be Demolished with Immediate Effect
The High Court of Justice decided today in response to the petitioners’ request to halt the demolition of 20 structures in the village of Susya. In the decision, the court determined that of the 20 structures, 7 structures could be demolished without delay by the Civil Administration. These structures are home to 42 residents of the village, of which half are children and others, ill. The court took the decision despite the fact that there are no alternative living arrangements or basic sanitary services necessary for the survival and well-being of the affected residents. However, the court determined that the village clinic must not be demolished until July, if and when an alternative arrangement is found.
The court did not respond to the state’s request to demolish 20 structures, and the decision regarding the 13 structures which will not be demolished is a positive step in the right direction. The court stated that weight needs to be given to humanitarian considerations in applying laws of building and planning. Chief Justice Esther Hayut stated: “The court cannot accept the respondents’ outright claim that humanitarian needs are not relevant under any circumstances.” In addition: “Despite the fact that there is no dispute that the clinic was built illegally, it is reasonable that it was set up as an essential service for life in the village, and that its demolition would result in significant hardship to the petitioners and the village as a whole.”
It must be emphasized that the entire village is still under threat of demolition.
- Firstly, the 7 structures are not dependent on the court decision and the threat of demolition is immediate!
- Secondly, 20 additional structures are under threat of demolition following the one-sided warning given by the state.
- Third, the future of the village is dependent on the decision of the court in response to the High Court appeal submitted following the rejection of the master plan initiated by the residents of the village. The court has instructed the state to provide its response regarding the plan by May 7th, 2018.
Haqel’s response: “The court decision, requested by the state, reduced the extent of the demolitions in the historical Palestinian village of Susya to 7 structures. In this regard, the court strengthened the need that laws of planning and building in an occupied territory requires an evaluation of humanitarian needs as part of the obligation of the occupying power. However, the residents of Susya live under the constant threat of “the terror of demolition” on a daily basis, as the state demands their displacement from unknown location to location, under the open sky and in so doing, continues to violate its obligation according to International Humanitarian Law.
For further details:
- Adv. Quamar Mishirqi-Assad
Legal Counsel to the village of Susya and Co-Director of Haqel: 050-828-3106
- Adena Ben-Reuven, Co-Director, Haqel: 054-208-0195
P.S. Be sure to send this updated email to your members of Congress to urge their action now!
On Tuesday, Nov. 21st, the Government of Israel, as required by its High Court, finally responded: they will demolish 20% of the village of Susiya on or before December 6th — before the High Court even hears Susiya's case, leaving dozens of residents (half of them children) homeless. The Government of Israel is waiting to ‘enforce demolition’ of the remaining homes once new rules are in place supporting expansion of illegal Israeli settlements.