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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Please Defend Susiya, Palestine!

Having spent a good part of my sabbatical of 2013 in Palestine, I once again want to draw our attention to the injustices that the Palestinian people experience.  The information below comes from The United Church of Canada, which has written letters of concern and protest to the government of Canada.

There are bulldozers ready to destroy Susiya, which is in Area C.  Area C comprises 61% of the occupied West Bank and is under fully Israeli control.  The Oslo peace accord stipulated that Area C be gradually transferred to Palestinian control, but this has not happened.  Instead, Israel is moving Palestinian people out of Area C.

Palestinian people have lived in Susiya since long before the 1967 occupation.  Now, they are facing eviction.  Where will they live?  The village has been partially destroyed 6 times between 1991 and 2011.  The residents of Susiya face oppression from the Israeli military and from Israeli Settlers in the area.

On August 3 of this year, the Israeli High Court of Justice will hear a petition challenging the Civil Administration’s rejection of the Susiya master plan.  If the village is destroyed before August 3rd, there will be no chance for the High Court of Justice to approve the village master plan.

We are urged to send a letter to the Hon. Rob Nicholson and to the opposition parties.  Please go to United Church to take action and for more information.

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