The undersigned Georgia-based religious, grassroots, advocacy organizations, and activists are in solidarity with the Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem and the people of Palestine and call on the Biden administration to immediately and publicly condemn the Israeli government’s plans to expel Palestinians from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah and Al-Bustan neighborhoods of occupied East Jerusalem as well as the ongoing violent attacks on Palestinians in Gaza and East Jerusalem.
In a clear violation of international law, which prohibits forced displacement, the Israeli government plans to expel Palestinians from their ancestral homes in East Jerusalem to allow Israeli settlers to move into the previously occupied dwellings. Israel has, for years, engaged in the forced removal of Palestinians through expulsion, demolition, and displacement in effort to establish permanent settlements throughout the occupied territories and a religious majority in Jerusalem. These war crimes have not gone unnoticed by the international community, international human rights groups, or human rights activists. The United Nations has recently advised Israel that these ongoing expulsions would violate Israel’s obligations under international law.
Further, Israeli forces are actively engaged in the militaristic bombardment of Palestinian residents, protestors, and worshippers. Palestinians protesting the forced displacement continued to be threatened by Israeli settlers and police forces outside their homes. Three hundred worshippers at al-Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam's most holy sites, were injured by Israeli forces who stormed prayers during the holy month of Ramadan. The violence intensified once more when Israel launched a fresh wave of air and ground attacks on the second night of Eid al-Fitr, killing over 100 Palestinians and injuring hundreds more.
The Biden Administration and members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee should follow the recommendations of Representatives Marie Newman (D-IL) and Mark Pocan’s (D-WI) letter to Secretary of State Blinken urging him to:
1. Immediately send the strongest possible diplomatic message to Israel to desist from its plans to demolish Palestinian homes in Al-Bustan and expel Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah; 2. Publicly reiterate that U.S. policy opposes Israel's demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem and that East Jerusalem is Occupied Territory under international law; 3. Undertake an expeditious review of previous Congressional requests that the State Department investigate whether Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes with U.S. weapons violates the Arms Export Control Act (AECA); 4. If Israel proceeds with its plans to demolish Palestinian homes in Al-Bustan and evict Palestinian residents from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, then the U.S. Embassy to Israel should send observers to document Israel’s forced displacement of Palestinians, including details on the military units involved in these operations and the usage of any U.S. weapons for purposes of oversight and accountability regarding Leahy Law and AECA violations. And; 5. Immediately end all forms of U.S. military funding to the State of Israel. 6. Immediately end U.S. diplomatic support to the State of Israel (including at the United Nations Security Council). 7. Immediately end all attempts to ensure impunity for Israel (including through the International Criminal Court).
In addition, we urge the entire Georgia congressional delegation to sign on to and SUPPORT Representative McCollom’s “Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act.” We call upon all our elected officials in state and national legislatures to OPPOSE legislation that limits Americans' freedom of speech and the right to boycott entities including foreign governments.
We will not remain silent in the face of Israeli apartheid and other Israeli international rights violations. In solidarity with the Palestinian people, we call on Congress and the Biden administration to demand an end to Israel's illegal expulsions, excessive use of force, and oppression against Palestinians.
Sur Legal Collaborative
Feminist Women’s Health Center Jewish Voice for Peace - Atlanta Sir Foundation Voices of Muslims MOUSA (Muslims of USA) Helping Hand for Relief and Development- Southeast Islamic Center Nur Masjid Jafar Gainesville Islamic Cultural Center Georgia Muslim Voter Project
Al Falah Academy Joining Hands for Justice in Palestine/Israel Demilitarize ATL to Palestine Coalition Palestinian Youth Movement Black Alliance for Peace - Atlanta Chapter Greenview Madani Center Dar Un Noor AtlantaMuslim.com Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta
ICNA Council of Social Justice Masjid Al Furqan West Cobb Islamic Center
Islamic Center of Duluth Al Farooq Masjid
Masjid Al Hedaya Masjid Omar bin Abdul Aziz Golden Age Roswell Community Masjid Hamzah Islamic Center Masjid Al-Momineen ILM Academy Muslim American Society Atlanta Chapter, Inc.
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