Dear friends, family, colleagues,
Yesterday, after 2 weeks in Susiya, Palestine, our emergency EAPPI team, Ecumenical Accompaniment in Palestine, Israel, saw what we had been dreading:
BULLDOZERS GOING TO THE MILITARY BASE NEAR SUSIYA VILLAGE IN PALESTINE July 2, 2015
What it means? IMMINENT DEMOLITION OF HOMES and ALL STRUCTURES in the village.
I am writing to all of you, sending notice to the Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Leaders of the Opposition Parties, my Member of Parliament, United Church of Canada representatives and others.
PLEASE NOTE: MY FACEBOOK PAGE WAS CHANGED WHEN I CAME TO ISRAEL. New name: Lenora Catherine
Last week Commissioners from the European Union, British Consul, Alistair McPhail and staff, Jewish colleagues from Rabbis for Human Rights, Tayoush, B’tselem, and others have offered their support so that the demolition of this community does not occur. Particularly it should not occur until the village council goes to court August 3, 2015.
It is strongly believed by UN observers on the ground that should Susiya Village fall to demolition, this will create a domino effect with villages throughout Palestine. The status of these villages was changed with the Oslo Peace Accords in 1993, when much Palestinian land, or disputed land with Palestinian titles going back to the Ottoman Empire, was transferred to the Israeli Military as protectors of the area. This is Area C. Now Area C is under threat from new outposts, illegal under Israeli Law and International Human Rights; new and enhanced settlements, also illegal under UN rulings and Geneva Convention; increase settler attacks, where settlers are allowed to carry guns, a right not allowed to Palestinians under threat of jail time. Area C is up for grabs. The government of Israel is doing the grabbing.
I am asking for assistance, your assistance. Please send an email to:
- Prime Minister Stephen Harper: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Minister of Foreign Affairs: email@example.com
- Tom Mulcair, Leader of the Opposition: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Canada’s Ambassador to Israel, and Palestine: email@example.com
And anyone else you think might help. Share this message.
Asking for a cease to the demolition and destruction of Palestinian Villages particularly Susiya, where the bulldozers are ready.
Please feel free to use any of this newsletter in your email.
We have so much, so much and not only materially: rights, the ability to defend them, the ability to travel in our land without checkpoints where going to mosque/church during a holy time is even controlled.
One Palestinian friend went to Jerusalem and the Holy Al Aqsa Mosque for the first time in his 42 years just last week. He was never before allowed to and just last week he was allowed. The following week the regulation changed once again and all men under 50 were NOT eligible to enter Jerusalem to go to Mosque without a permit. Blessings from the Special Summer Team in the South Hebron Hills of Palestine and from the Village of Susiya.