With the eyes of the world on Covid-19 and now Ukraine, the displacement of Palestinians and violent harassment from settlers are only increasing. One of the largest threatened displacements in the South Hebron Hills involves the Masafer Yatta area, with its 1,300 residents who have lived there for generations.
In opposition to international law, which prohibits the expulsion of a population from its land and the use of occupied land for military training, in the early 1980s, the Israeli army declared the area Firing Zone 918, in order to dispossess Palestinians from their homes and strengthen Israeli settlements in the area.
Since this declaration, residents have lived under the daily threat of demolitions, evictions, and dispossession. Families in Masafer Yatta are denied access to their land, roads, sources of water, schools, medical services, and hospitals. This is in addition to nearly daily violence from settlers in the region.
For information about how you can help and how to become part of MCC PIN, contact Byron Rempel-Burkholder at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy Bergen at email@example.com.
The Mennonite Church Canada Palestine and Israel Network (PIN) is a volunteer association of working groups and individuals who seek to promote a just peace in the Holy Land. Our mandate is the resolution on Palestine and Israel that was passed at the Mennonite Church Canada 2016 Assembly, in response to the call of Palestinian Christians. https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/pin
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