Demolitions in East Jerusalem Neighborhood of Silwan Put Prospects for Peace in Jeopardy

 Dear Friends of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom,

Please call on President Bush to insist that the Israeli government halt current plans for the demolition of 88 Palestinian homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, which will affect the lives of some 1000 Palestinians. The U.S. government must make it clear that Israel should desist from any actions that would prejudice the status of East Jerusalem in a negotiated two-state solution.
 

In an action alert in late May, we asked you to speak out against the expansion of the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, which would have cut off Arab East Jerusalem from the West Bank. Largely because of pressure from the international community, including the U.S. government, that expansion plan was halted.

But now, there are indications that the Sharon government is taking calculated measures to reduce the Palestinian population within East Jerusalem. 

Such actions in East Jerusalem are harmful to Israel. The Palestinian leadership has made it clear that there can be no Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as its capital. Just two weeks ago, President Bush warned that Israel should not take actions that "prejudice final-status negotiations with regard to Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem." These home demolitions in Silwan--beyond the hardships that they impose on large numbers of people--damage the credibility of the Israeli government as a partner to a negotiated two-state solution. For the sake of a peaceful future for Israel, these demolitions must be stopped.
 

Send a message to President Bush and your congressional representatives now.

Please share this action alert with family, friends, and colleagues.

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 JUNE 21, 2005.


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President George W. Bush
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Subject: Demolitions in East Jerusalem Neighborhood of Silwan Put Prospects for Peace in Jeopardy

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

As an American Jew, I am alarmed by the reports of the Israeli government's demolition order for 88 homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, affecting some 1000 Palestinian residents. These home demolitions in Silwan--beyond the hardships that they impose on large numbers of people--damage the credibility of the Israeli government as a partner to a negotiated two-state solution.

I was heartened by your statement two weeks ago that Israel should not take actions that "prejudice final-status negotiations with regard to Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem." I respectfully request that you take concrete action on that statement and insist that the Israeli government halt current plans for the demolition of Palestinian homes in Silwan. The U.S. government must make it clear that Israel should desist from any steps that would prejudice the status of East Jerusalem in a negotiated two-state solution.

I, along with the members and supporters of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, a network of thousands of American Jews, call on you to take the lead at this crucial time to help bring about a negotiated two-state settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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What's At Stake:
Please call on President Bush to insist that the Israeli government halt current plans for the demolition of Palestinian homes in Silwan. The U.S. government must make it clear that Israel should desist from any steps that would prejudice the status of East Jerusalem in a negotiated two-state solution.

The planned demolition of 88 homes, affecting some 1000 Palestinian residents of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan not only will impose hardships on large numbers of people, but it will damage the credibility of the Israeli government as a partner to a negotiated two-state solution. For the sake of a peaceful future for Israel, these demolitions must be stopped.

Additional links:
"Jerusalem Park Plan Imperils Arab Homes." By Laura King. Los Angeles Times, June 7, 2005.

"Political Destruction". Editorial. Haaretz, June 7, 2005.

"Demolition of Silwan Homes Will Go ahead." By Meron Rapoport. Haaretz, June 2, 2005. 

"Bush Offers Palestinians Aid." By Peter Baker and Glenn Kessler. Washington Post, May 27, 2005.

Map of Jerusalem showing Silwan.

Campaign Expiration Date:
June 21, 2005


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