As many of you know, over the last few years MECA has launched several projects in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan to help Palestinian children and families who have been living under constant siege for several years. Their land is being stolen under the guise of biblical archaeology. Israeli settlers have taken over Palestinian homes and harass and attack residents daily. "Administrative demolitions" threaten to leave many homeless. Hundreds of people—including children as young as six—have been arrested, beaten by police, and barred from entering the village that their families have lived in for generations.
Recently, the UK based humanitarian organization, War on Want, reported that new demolition orders have been issued in the Al-Bustan neighbourhood of Silwan. This is in addition to the 88 homes already under threat. Many families have been told they could lose their homes by the end of September.
The Jerusalem municipality’s decision to press forward with plans to turn Silwan into an exclusive tourist site and national park could see over 1,000 Palestinians forced from their homes.
Please Sign the Petition Addressed to: Mr. Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem Mr. Paul Sutphin, Director, Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs Mr. Jake Walles, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State Mr. Richard Selly, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process