Help the People of Susya in Their Struggle Against the Demolition of Their Village

Dear friends,
The village of Susya in the South Hebron Hills is again under imminent threat of demolition affecting most of its homes, with a High Court decision, likely to be final, expected in mid-November next month. Some 300 adults and children live in the village, which the Israeli courts accepted is situated on private Palestinian land. Many of you will recall the campaign of 2015-16 to stop the house demolitions, which included the intervention of Senator Diane Feinstein, and led to the suspension of the demolition plans. The matter has reached a critical point and we are asking all supporters to contact their MPs and any others who could assist, to ask that they do all they can to influence the Israeli authorities to abandon the demolition plans under which the villagers have lived for years. In particular, UK MPs should be asked to contact Alistair Burt, MP, Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, who visited Susya this summer and is well acquainted with the situation.
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Sample letter or email (in Britain):
Dear X
I am writing to you as your constituent to ask that you contact Alistair Burt, MP, Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Please ask him to do all he can to impress on the Israeli authorities the need to lift the demolition orders affecting most of the residents of Susya, and to agree to a master plan that would allow them to obtain planning permissions. The villagers, numbering some 300 adults and children, are sustained primarily by subsistence farming; they have already been displaced more than once, and the Israeli courts have recognized that they live on private Palestinian land. The Israeli High Court decision on the demolitions of their homes is due in mid-November and the residents’ situation is desperate.
I very much hope that you could assist and I look forward to hearing from you.
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  • Christopher Rushlau  On October 22, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Your form letter doesn’t seem nearly forceful or even relevant enough. The point seems to be that Israel is conducting “land-use planning” on land it occupies illegally. This reminds me of the demand that the Palestinian “authorities” “recognize” Israel. What seems to be incumbent on them is to announce that Israel’s racist and therefore arbitrary forms of action under the color of law are without legal basis. Without “rule-of-law”, there is no “state”. These house demolitions are perfect evidence for the need for such a “recognition”.

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