Join CMEP for the speaking of truth to power!
CMEP calls on the U.S. State Department to say forthrightly now that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law.
The U.S. now must move beyond its usual soft words in public and exercise leadership on an issue that deeply affects the possibility of negotiated agreement to resolve this conflict.
Unilateral action, especially illegal unilateral action, cannot lead to the goal of a negotiated agreement for two states, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side within secure and recognized borders.
On August 31st Israel declared nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land south-west of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank as Israeli State Land. This land seizure allows for the establishment of a new settlement around Gva’ot.
This land is being expropriated from Palestinians living in Surif, Jaba’a and Wadi Fukin. This land is considered a community inheritance that provides land for natural population growth, agriculture and natural areas. The Mayor of Surif stated that the land was currently planted with olive and forest trees. While past negotiations have discussed “land swaps” between Israelis and Palestinians, unilateral action such as this undermines all efforts to negotiate a just and peaceful resolution of this conflict. Unilateral action must be vigorously opposed!
Join CMEP in calling on U.S. leadership to take speak out now so that we may see Israelis and Palestinians living side-by-side within secure and recognized borders that give hope to the rights of all people to live in peace and security, free of fears of harassment, oppression, and violence.