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Hebron Urgent Action
Christian Peacemaker Teams Hebron
10 January 2007

http://www.cpt.org/hebron/hebron.php

The Israeli military has issued stop building orders to five Palestinian families living in the Khirbtkasah area of Hebron district. In the past such orders have often been followed by demolition orders.

Five extended families live in a total of 17 dwellings in Khirbtkasah, near the village of Idhna.

The families, consisting of 235 people, already face severe hardship because their homes and land lie in a `closed area` between Israel`s Separation Wall and the Green Line.

Since Israel began construction of the Wall in 2002 observers have feared that thousands of Palestinians will be forcibly removed from their homes. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that the wall adversely affects 250,000 Palestinians. Of those, 17,000 live in `closed areas`. They cannot legally travel to Israel, or access any services there. The Israeli army controls their access to markets, schools and hospitals in the occupied Palestinian West Bank through a gate in the wall. They are enclosed by a physical wall on one side and by an administrative one on the other.

The families in Khirbtkasah, who have legal documentation of ownership of the land dating from the time of the Ottoman rule, will appeal against the stop building orders in the Military Court on 22 February 2007.

For more information on land issues in the Hebron district you may contact Abdul Hadi Hantash of the Palestinian Land Defense Committee, phone 972 599 838 180; or Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron, phone 97-22-222-8485

ACTION

Please, e-mail or write to your embassy in Tel Aviv. Copy your Members of Parliament or Representatives and Senators. Urge them to send a clear message to the Israeli government that driving Palestinians from their land is a violation of international law and must stop.

SAMPLE TEXT FOR MESSAGE

Please protest Israeli Military harassment Palestinians trapped between the Separation Wall and the Green Line.

Five families living in the Khirbtkasah area of Hebron district, near Idhna, will present an appeal petition in the Military Court on 22 February, 2007. The families of Ahmad Shehdeh Hamed Natah, Isat Muhama Abu Sa`adum, Saley Ahmad Natah, Yosef Abdelkader Natah and Aref Muhamad Ahmad Abu-Sa`adin have legal documentation proving ownership of this land. Threats to displace these families are a violation of international law.

At present the families farm their land, raising goats and sheep and growing wheat. The Israeli army controls the families` access to market and other services because the area is between the Green Line and the Israeli Separation Wall. These restrictions of movement have already threatened their livelihoods.

I urge you to investigate these cases and send a clear message to the Israeli government that driving Palestinians from their homes is wrong and must stop.

Sincerely

[Your name and full address]

ADDRESSES

Canada:

Embassy in Tel Aviv - The Canadian Embassy, PO Box 9442, Tel Aviv 67060, Israel. Fax: (011 972 3) 636-3380. Email: taviv@dfait-maeci.gc.ca

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Office of the Prime Minister, 80 Wellington Street, Ottawa, K1A 0A2. Fax: 613-941-6900 or Email: pm@pm.gc.ca

Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter McKay, House of Commons, Ottawa ON, K1A 0A6. Fax: (613) 992-2337 or Email: Mackay.P@parl.gc.ca

You can mail your MP at the House of Commons address, or find their email address go to http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/house/PostalCode.asp?Source=SM

UK:

Embassy in Tel Aviv - British Embassy, 192 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv 63405, Israel. Fax: (+ 972 3) 527 8574. Email: webmaster.telaviv@fco.gov.uk

Prime Minister Tony Blair, 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA

To email the Prime Minister go to http://www.number10.gov.uk/output/page821.asp

Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Downing Street West, London Sw1A 2AL.

You can mail your MP at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

To email your MP, MSP or MEP go to http://www.writetothem.com/

USA:

Embassy in Tel Aviv - US Embassy, 71 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv 63903, Israel. Email: Mary Glantz, Human Rights, glantzme@state.gov Or Michelle Schohn, schohnjm@state.gov

Or ac5@bezeqint.net

President George W Bush, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC20500

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520

To contact your Senator go to http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

To contact your Representative go to http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/

Christian Peacemaker Teams is an ecumenical initiative to support violence reduction efforts around the world. To learn more about CPT`s peacemaking work, visit our website www.cpt.org Photos of our projects are at www.cpt.org/gallery A map of the center of Hebron is at http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/fullMaps_Sa.nsf/0/5618737E38C0B3DE8525708C004BA584/$File/ocha_OTS_hebron_oPt010805.pdf?OpenElement

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