You may have heard of the Bedouin village of Susiya in the West Bank which is constantly under attack from settlers and from the Israeli army who regularly go in and demolish their homes and animal shelters. A few miles away in the northern Negev (the English name for the arabic Naqab desert) on the other side of the Israeli apartheid wall is the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran which faces imminent demolition to make way for a planned new village for Jewish Israelis only.
The only thing that is likely to stop the Israeli forces sending the bulldozers in is if there is international protest on a sufficient scale, especially protests from European governments.
The UK Government has made “representations” about Susiya and, after at first dismissing it as a “planning matter”, has expressed “concern” over the threat to Umm al-Hiran. We don’t think this is enough.
Only stronger international protests will help stop the demolition of these two villages
Susiya in the occupied Palestinian West Bank is constantly under attack from settlers and from the Israeli forces who regularly go in and demolish their homes and animal shelters. This week, the Israeli supreme court made a decision that the fate of the village would likely be decided by ultra right-wing Israeli Defence Minister Lieberman. According to human rights organisation, B’Tselem, when Lieberman visited Susiya he was accompanied by members of the settler organisation Regavim who offered him absurd and distorted accounts of Susiya and its history, leaving the Palestinian residents of Susiya with little hope. Read more about the latest developments in Susiya.
A few miles away in the Negev desert in the south of Israel, is the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran which faces impending demolition to make way for a planned new village for Jewish Israelis only. This week when Israeli forces arrived in Umm al-Hiran with a tractor and several land surveyors they were met by Palestinian and Israeli protesters. Five protesters were arrested and one woman was hospitalized from injuries she sustained from Israeli forces. Read more about the latest developments in Umm al-Hiran.
If you have not done so already, please write to your MP asking them to take action to save these Palestinian homes. If you have already written to your MP about this issue please share this action widely on social media or by email to ensure as many people as possible write to their MPs