The occupation still firmly in place - Take Action

Action alert
July 30, 2017
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While the world celebrates the removal of metal detectors, checkpoints and surveillance cameras outside the gates of Al Aqsa mosque sanctuary in Jerusalem, the American Muslims for Palestine reminds its supporters that the Israeli occupation is still in full effect.

In fact, within the last few days:

  • The Israeli Prime Minister’s Likud party voted to oppose any notion of a Palestinian state.
  • The Knesset began debate on a bill that would redraw Jerusalem’s boundaries , removing Palestinian areas from the city;
  • The Knesset also debated a measure that would make it nearly impossible for an Israeli  prime minister to concede East Jerusalem to Palestinians in any future negotiated peace deal.  
  • And Israeli forces stormed Al Aqsa mosque sanctuary just one hour after it was reopened on Thursday, firing rubber-tipped bullets and injuring at least 100 Palestinian worshipers. 

The entire international community recognizes that East Jerusalem is under occupation. It is against international law as stated in the Fourth Geneva Conventions for an occupier to change the demographic makeup of the territory it occupies. Palestinians see East Jerusalem as a capital of their future state. 

Call your elected officials and/or the State Department to ask them to pressure Israel to abide by international law.

 

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Contact Info

Call your members of Congress. Find their phone numbers at www.govtrack.us .

Ask them to call Todd Holmstron, the director of the State Department’s Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs to ask him to pressure Israel to remove the metal detectors and checkpoints and to allow Palestinians access to Al Aqsa.

Holmstrom’s contact number: 202.647.3671.

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Talking Points

 

  • The entire international community recognizes that East Jerusalem is under occupation. 
  • It is against international law as stated in the Fourth Geneva Conventions for an occupier to change the demographic makeup of the territory it occupies. 
  • Any changes to the city of Jerusalem or the status quo of Al Aqsa will result in more unrest, inflamed tensions and could act as a threat to American national security interests in the region.
  • The U.S. must ensure Israel abides by the status quo that existed before October 2015, because allowing changes to this long-standing agreement will surely destabilize the region and threaten U.S. national interests.
  • And finally, the U.S. must pressure Israel to end the modern world’s longest-lasting military occupation and allow Palestinians their liberty, self-determination and right to return to their homeland.

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