Write to your MP

Please write to your MP about home demolitions in Palestine. Simply use the text below and amend it to suit. You can find the name and contact details of your MP by visiting members.parliament.uk

[Your address]

[Your MP’s name]
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA

Dear [your MPs name] MP
Subject: Urgent – Home demolition in Bethlehem scheduled for Friday 19th February 2021

I am writing to bring to your attention an urgent humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The Musa family of 10 living on their own land on the outskirts of the village of Al Khader near Bethlehem is being threatened with the demolition of their partially rebuilt family home, together with the inadequate temporary shelter they have been forced to live in since their original home was demolished in 2014.

The family received two orders on 15th February 2021. The first, under military order 1797 relating to their partially rebuilt home, only gives them 96 hours to produce a building permit. Although the family have applied for a permit, it is highly unlikely that their application will be successful as their family land is located in ‘Area C’ of the West Bank which is under full Israeli Military and Civil control. Between 2016 and 2018 less than 2%* of construction permits were granted to Palestinians living in Area C.

The second order they received targeted the temporary shelter that the family have been living in since their original home was demolished in 2014.

The family’s situation is exacerbated by the fact that they are located very near to the Boaz outpost. This is an Israeli ‘Outpost Settlement’ that is deemed illegal under Israeli law but is not being targeted in the same way by the responsible Israeli authorities.

The urgency of this humanitarian crisis is vital but is a symptom of the wider injustice of the Israeli policy of home demolitions and planning policy in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Please raise the following issues with the Foreign Secretary and ask that the UK Government — as a signatory to the Fourth Geneva Convention  acts immediately to bring an end to this crisis through:

  • Calling for the orders issued against the Musa family in Al Khader to be immediately rescinded.

  • Demanding that Israel abides by international law and human rights obligations with regard to its position as an occupying power and stop home demolitions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, together with implementing a fair planning system in the areas under its control.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

* Source: Haaretz article — January 21st 2020

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