At the end of this month, Rebuilding Alliance is bringing Eid Jahalin, the spokesperson and community leader of the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al Ahmar, along with Alon Cohen-Lifshitz, an architect with the Israeli human rights group Bimkom: Planners for Planning Rights, to Capitol Hill to meet with Senators and Representatives and ask for their help to keep Khan al Ahmar, and their famous school, standing and safe. Donna will be hosting this tour and I'm working to schedule upwards of 10 meetings a day, along with meetings with the State Department and, if possible, the National Security Council.
We need your help. Please email your members of Congress to ask them to schedule their meeting with our delegation. It's important that Senators and Representatives hear directly from the villagers now — they fear the school may be demolished very, very soon.
On May 24th, the High Court of Israel ruled that Khan al Ahmar may be demolished at any time. The Court also decided that the Gov't of Israel may demolish without providing a suitable alternative location for the residents.
Khan Al Ahmar is famous for its ‘tire school’ that educates 120 children from four villages. According to Human Rights Watch, 36 schools in Area C of the West Bank are at risk of demolition. Calls from Congress are one of the few ways to safeguard Khan al Ahmar’s school and stop the forced relocation of this village.
Your Senators and Representative are far more likely to reply to my scheduling requests for meetings when they know this is an issue their constituents are concerned about. Your email now will really help!
Advocacy Program Manager
P.S. Thank you for your continued advocacy and support. If you would like to donate to cover the expenses of this trip, please click here to give now.