We call on the US Department of Justice to use their influence and power to pressure the state of Israel to open Shuhada Street to all people.
For the past 21 years Shuhada Street, in the Occupied West Bank city of Hebron, has been almost entirely closed to Palestinians. Once a major thoroughfare and thriving marketplace, today Shuhada street is effectively a ghost town for Palestinians. While illegal Israeli settlers move freely and carry arms, Palestinian face an apartheid system of checkpoints, closed military zones, humiliation, arrests, vicious attacks from Israeli settlers and soldiers, and displacement from their homes. Palestinians who have managed to remain in their Shuhada Street houses have had their doors welded shut and must climb down from neighbors' roofs or use back doors to access their homes.
As people concerned with freedom and equality for all people, we ask that the US justice department use all of its power and influence to pressure the State of Israel to end the apartheid system of separation in Hebron and open Shuhada Street to all people.