A huge thank you to everyone who gave in the Global Giving Bonus Day competition today, many thanks to all for your patience with my and my team's many messages, and many thanks to RA's team for their persistence and creativity! We raised $11,667 from 78 donors for the US Movement to Save Palestinian Villages. Our program placed fourth in a field of 545 projects, and we came in 9th by by total donations. Four people became recurring donors (that really helps!) Altogether, there's just enough to move forward.
On Wednesday, GlobalGiving will be matching your donation by 50%, up to $1000. Please CLICK HERE to give, after 9am EDT / 8am CDT / 7am MDT / 6am PDT
Our goal is to send five children and their parents to present their Pinwheels for Peace to Congress for International Peace Day. The children's speeches on International Peace Day have been the most effective advocacy we've seen of the over 300 briefings with Congressional staff, in person & over the phone, that Rebuilding Alliance has held on this issue. We've brought children from Susiya & neighboring Umm al Kheir to speak to Congress three times with their visions of peace, we've brought experts to meet with the State Dept. and the NSC, & we've shared what we learned with sister organizations to keep villages standing.
Khan al Ahmar is standing and 174 children will start their school year on July 16th as scheduled. Yesterday, Thursday, July 12th, Israel's High Court of Justice responded to the petition filed by the village, providing notice to hold "a hearing, not later than August 15th."
The injunction against demolition is extended until their case is heard — but the lawyers for the Government of Israel are moving fast, pressing a hearing date soon because all is ready for demolition.
Eid Jahalin from the Palestinian Bedouin Village of Khan Al Ahmar joined Rebuilding Alliance's team to walk the halls of Congress to keep Eid's village standing
Just as demolition bulldozers were about to roll into Khan al Ahmar, the High Court of Israel issued a last-minute injunction against demolition, requiring the State of Israel to respond to the village's own master plan by July 11th. This gives us more time. Since the US Consulate in Jerusalem is in transition, the strongest way to signal American concern right now is to ask your Members of Congress to visit the village of Khan Al Amar.
Email your Senators and Representative to urge them to go there now
Rep. Jackie Speier met our delegation last week and said, 'When Congress visited the border, it changed everything. We need to visit Khan al Ahmar.' A key Republican advised us to make it a bi-partisan delegation.
Per Ethics Committee rules, they must file forms before Wed July 10th — I turn to YOU.
- Step 1: Please click here to email your Senators and Representative
- Step 2: Call them on Friday morning at their local office (you'll have to look it up - they are home this week for the July 4th holiday) and their DC office Monday morning, Call Representative Anna G. Eshoo at (202) 225-8104, Senator Kamala D. Harris at (202) 224-3553, and Senator Dianne Feinstein at (202) 224-3841.
- Step 3: Reach out to a friend in Red state or district. Ask your friend to invite their Senators and Representative too, and send them this link to use for their message: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/emergency-in-khan-al-ahmar
Here’s what to say when you call:
· I am a Constituent calling with an urgent request. I ask Senator ______ or Congresswoman/Congressman_________ to travel to Jerusalem in August to personally visit the Palestinian Bedouin Village of Al Khan al Ahmar, or give permission for their staff to go.
· Rebuilding Alliance, a U.S. Nonprofit, is sponsoring the trip and they've done this befoe. They will provide a detailed agenda. Please note: Ethics Committee applications are due by end of day Tuesday, July 10th
· The trip starts on Thu August 9th. Due to their shortened Senate recess, Senators and Senate staff will have a 4 day trip, returning by Monday morning, and House Members and staff will have a full 7 day trip. Senate returns on Sun Aug 12, House returns on Wed Aug 15.
Ok, let's begin. Click here to invite your Senators and Representative. Questions? Suggestions? Tamsin and I are standing by - call us at 650 651-7165.
P.S. Things have been moving really fast. Here's what I'm seeing:
The Tyre School and all Khan Ahmar's homes are standing, however the Israeli Army attacked the peaceful leadership of Al Khan Al Ahmar on July 4th.
At dawn, the Israeli Army brought bulldozers to the edge of the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al Khan al Ahmar; they stated that they were there to pave access roads to facilitate the upcoming forced evacuation. Leaving behind the bulldozers, they temporarily left — after which, and a few kilometers away, the Israeli Army demolished eight Palestinian homes in nearby Abu Nuwar. Upon their return, the soldiers stood saying nothing, while villagers and visitors tried to engage them with questions. Caught on this video, the soldiers suddenly attacked them without provocation — and three villagers were hospitalized, while 10 were handcuffed and arrested.
Concurrently, the Israeli Army entered Susiya last night at 11pm to photograph the seven homes slated for imminent demolition — taking pictures is a prerequisite to imminent demolition... And today in Al Khan Al Ahmar, the Israeli Army returned, arrested 3 more people, and continues preparing three roads leading into the village for demolition access.
P.P.S. If you or someone you know would like to accompany your Congressional office on this trip, please complete this application form and provide your resume and three references in reply to this email.
Ask your Senators and Representatives to meet with Eid and Alon in DC to keep Khan al Ahmar safe.
We ask you to help Gaza’s families break their fast during Ramadan.
Please donate now. Our NGO partners, the Women’s Program Center in Rafah-Gaza and the Youth Vision Society in Gaza Beach Camp, have identified families in dire need and sought bids to purchase food. They are buying in bulk, providing $50 worth of food to each family to provide nourishing Iftar dinners during Ramadan.
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.
Gaza Youth and NGOS use CONFERENCE CALLS to overcome blockade Using Light to Open Markets, Share Culture, Request Emergency Aid
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."