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Saturday, May 22

Urge Sharon To Quit It!

From Amnesty International
Israel's policy of destruction violates fundamental principles of international human rights and humanitarian law. Write to the Israeli Prime Minister and call on him to put an end to house demolitions and the destruction of land. You can base your appeals on the letter below.

Dear Prime Minister

I am writing to ask you to urgently amend your government's policy of house demolition and destruction of land and property in Israel and the Occupied Territories.

Such destruction has resulted in widespread violations of the right to adequate housing and a decent standard of living for tens of thousands of people and violates fundamental principles of international human rights and humanitarian law.

I am concerned that in Israel, homes of Palestinian citizens of Israel seem to be targeted through a policy of large-scale confiscation of land, restrictive planning regulations, and discriminatory policies in the allocation of state land. In the Occupied Territories, the destruction of Palestinian homes and land appears to be linked to a policy of appropriating as much as possible of the occupied land, notably by establishing Israeli settlements and related infrastructure, and military/security needs are often invoked as a pretext for the destruction of homes and properties, including as a form of collective punishment. House demolitions should never be anything but a last resort.

I call on you to cancel all outstanding orders for demolitions in Israel until such time as Israeli law is amended in a manner that complies with international standards. I also urge you to immediately order a halt to all house demolitions and destruction of property for punitive reasons or where there is no absolute military necessity, and cancel all demolition orders of unlicensed houses in the Occupied Territories.

Yours sincerely,

You can copy and paste this sample letter into an e-mail or a document to print out.

Please send appeals to:
Ariel Sharon
Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
3 Kaplan Street
PO Box 187
Kiryat Ben Gurion
Jerusalem 91919, Israel
Fax: +972-2-5664838

This is urgent because Last spring, after President Bush announced his Road Map plan for peace in the Middle East, the Apostolic Congress co-sponsored an effort with the Jewish group Americans for a Safe Israel and placed billboards in 23 cities with a quotation from Genesis ("Unto thy offspring will I give this land") and the message, "Pray that President Bush Honors God's Covenant with Israel. Call the White House with this message." It then provided the White House phone number and the Apostolic Congress's Web address. Bush backpedaled after 50,000 postcards were sent to the White House and thousands of phone calls by Christian Zionists who are in favor of World War 3 beginning in Israel against the Palestinians. They do not want peace in the middle east. They want war and they want to see more Palestinians killed, bulldozed and brutalized.

Christian Zionists are not true Christians. Jewish Zionists are not true Jews.
Do not vote for officials who support Sharon's Israel. They want only war and devastation.

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