Jerusalem "Envelope" Must Not Be Closed:
Alarming Reports about the Security Barrier around Maale Adumim
 

Dear Friends of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom,

Several weeks ago we asked you to oppose the expansion of the Israeli West Bank settlement Maale Adumim westward to East Jerusalem. Largely as a result of US government objections, those plans were put on the back burner.

Now, disturbing reports are surfacing in the Israeli press, which according to the US press have been confirmed by Israeli government officials, that the security barrier will be extended to enclose Maale Adumim, with construction slated to begin in the next few weeks. As with the previously proposed extension of Maale Adumim (see action alert from March 27, 2005), this would complete the "Jerusalem envelope," which would cut off Arab East Jerusalem and its 250,000 Palestinian residents from the West Bank.

Such actions will not bring security to Israel. If these reports bear out, they constitute unilateral action that severely undercuts the possibility of peace and thereby endangers Israeli security.

The Palestinian leadership has made it clear that there can be no Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as its capital; Israel's decision to authorize completion of the "envelope" around East Jerusalem, therefore, seriously prejudices future negotiations and undermines the prospect of reaching a two-state solution. With the imminent visit of Palestinian Prime Minister Abbas to Washington, there is an opportunity for the US government to advance the peace process, but an extension of the security barrier around Maale Adumim would make that difficult, if not impossible. Take action now!

We therefore urge you to send a message to the President and your congressional representatives, asking the U.S. government to immediately demand that Israel halt all construction, whether of housing units (outside the settlement's existing borders) or the security barrier in the area of Maale Adumim, pending final status negotiations.

Israel's disengagement from the Gaza Strip this summer represents an historic opportunity for a return to the negotiating table. We must speak out now clearly and consistently against any actions which preempt this possibility.

 
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B'shalom,

Steve Masters, Chair of Advocacy and Public Policy
Diane Balser, Vice President and Co-Chair of Advocacy and Public Policy

We encourage you to take action by May 24, 2005.


Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
President George W. Bush
cc: Your Senators, Your Congressional Representative

Subject: Jerusalem "Envelope" Must Not Be Closed

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

As an American Jew, I am disturbed to hear that reports are surfacing that Israel's security barrier will be extended to enclose the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, with construction to begin in the next few weeks.

Such actions will not bring security to Israel. If these reports bear out, they constitute unilateral action that severely undercuts the possibility of peace and thereby endangers Israeli security. This action would seriously prejudice future negotiations and undermine the prospect of reaching a two-state solution.

With the upcoming visit of Palestinian Prime Minister Abbas to Washington, there is a particular opportunity for you to provide leadership to help advance the peace process, but an extension of the security barrier around Maale Adumim would make that difficult, if not impossible.

I therefore respectfully urge you to demand that Israel immediately halt all construction, whether of housing units (outside the settlement's existing borders) or the security barrier in the area of Maale Adumim, pending final status negotiations.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

cc:
Your Congressional Representative
Your Senators 

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What's At Stake:
American Jews must let President Bush hear their support for U.S. government pressure on Israel to disclose its plans regarding the route of the security barrier in the Jerusalem area and, if Maale Adumim is to be included within the security barrier, to halt those plans immediately.

Such an extension of the barrier would represent unilateral action that severely undercuts the possibility of peace and thereby endangers Israeli security by prejudicing future negotiations and undermines the prospect of a reaching a two-state solution.

Additional links:
"Demonstrators Jam Traffic across Israel." Laura King. Boston Globe, May 17, 2005.

"Sharon Prepares to Extend Barrier into West Bank." Stephen Farrell. Times Online, May 17, 2005. 

"Jerusalem Envelope Endangers Israel's Security." Sarah Kreimer. From Ir Amim website.   

"U.S. Envoys Press Sharon on West Bank Construction.” AP, March 24, 2005.

Map of Jerusalem area including Maale Adumim from the Boston Globe.

Chronology of proposed expansion of Maale Adumim.

Campaign Expiration Date:
May 24, 2005


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