Sign the petition to the State Department to stop the forced expulsions in Masafer Yatta
Israel is currently carrying out its largest expulsion of Palestinians in decades. Home demolitions in Masafer Yatta in the occupied West Bank are underway.
Sign the petition to the State Department asking them to act immediately to stop Israel’s forced expulsion of over 1,000 Palestinians. Once the petition gets to 5,000 signatures, I will meet with State Department officials to deliver it.
The eight Palestinian Bedouin communities in Masafer Yatta have been under threat of demolition and forcible transfer for decades. But on May 4, Israel’s High Court delivered its final ruling that the Israeli military could force the over a thousand Palestinian residents of Masafer Yatta from their homes on the grounds that Israel has declared the area a military firing zone. The home demolitions, which have been underway for a number of weeks now, are illegal under international law.
“We had 30 minutes to get out what we could,” said Masafer Yatta resident Yusara al-Najjar of the demolition of her home. “It took no time and our house was gone.”
There’s already momentum. A letter organized by J Street and signed by 81 members of Congress urged the Biden administration to “immediately engage with the Israeli government to prevent these evictions and further military training exercises in the area,” and a letter initiated by Cori Bush and signed by 15 progressive Democrats in the House also called for action and named the forced evictions what they are: WAR CRIMES!
The Biden administration must intervene and demand that Israel immediately freezes all home demolitions, ceases using occupied Palestinian land as firing zones, and issues permits for the long-term stability, health, and safety of Palestinian communities. Add your name to the petition now!
As long as the U.S. government continues to give Israel over $8 billion a year, the U.S. government is complicit. It is on us to demand that our elected officials take action to save Masafer Yatta.
Ariel and the entire CODEPINK team: Ann, Danaka, Emily, Farida, Justina, Jodie, Kelly, Leonardo, Lola, Marcy, Mark, Medea, Michelle, Nancy, Olivia, Paki, Sam, Sophie, Sophia, Samantha, Teri, Tim, Shea, and Suzie
P.S. Join us this week, June 8-10 either in person in LA or virtually for the People's Summit for Democracy and sign up now to be part of the anti-militarism contingent of the Poor People's Campaign convergence on June 18.
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