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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CMEP: Halting Israeli Appropriation of Palestinian Land

Dear Peacemaker,
Join Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) in calling for the speaking of truth to power! The realization of a region where two viable states, Israel and Palestine, live side-by-side within secure and recognized borders cannot be achieved through unilateral action, especially illegal action; and that the U.S. must move beyond soft words and into real leadership on an issue that affects all our futures.
On August 31st Israel declared 4,000 dunams or nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land south-west of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank as Israeli State Land. This land seizure is for the purpose of establishing a new settlement around Gva’ot. (For information on the background of Israelis living in Gva’ot and an explanation of State Land declarations click here.)
This land is being expropriated from Palestinians living in Surif, Jaba’a and Wadi Fukin. This land is considered a community inheritance that provides land for natural population growth, agriculture and natural areas. The Mayor of Surif stated that the land was currently planted with olive and forest trees.

Read more on the CMEP website:   http://action.cmep.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18138 

1 comment:

  1. It saddens me to see churches promoting segregation and the perpetuation of a state where one's family tree is the prime determiner of eligibility for citizenship and of rights and privileges. Is this Christianity?