Urgent Action Appeal to Stop the Assaults Against Negev Villages

  • by: James Hovland
  • recipient: Ban Ki-Moon - Secretary General - United Nations
Mr. Ban Ki Moon,

UN security general,

In the early morning hours of Monday, 25 June 2007, a large contingent of Israeli police forces, along with support from the Israel Border Patrol and under orders from the Israeli Ministry of Interior, sadly demolished 28 structures, including 25 houses, in the Unrecognized Village, of Attir - Umm al-Hiran that left over 150 men, women and little children homeless without any personal belongings or means of shelter in the scorching heat of the Naqab Desert.

The Government of Israel (GoI) had forcibly relocated the residents from their ancestral lands to the village of Attir - Umm al-Hiran in 1956. Now, 51 years later the GoI intends to relocate them once again so that GoI, Jewish Agency and Jewish National Fund can build a Jewish town on the land of their abused victims.

These actions not only violate the general principles of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, but also illustrate the harsh and brutal depth of the racial discrimination and constant abuse against the indigenous Palestinians within the political structures of the State of Israel and its parastatal institutions.

Most recently, the Knesset unjustly voted in favor of a law banning the sale of Jewish National Fund land to non-Jews.

We, the petitioners, demand that you take whatever action required from your office to encourage, enforce and implement the Internationally recognised laws set out for the protection and maintaining of the rights of all humanity. Together with this we insist that pressure be placed on the Israeli Government and also the Jewish community, to act on, comply with, conform to, and respect the following demands:

1. Stop racist and all other illegal actions directed against the indigenous Palestinian people. The right to advertise in Arabic, the right to own land in Israel and the right to live and govern in their homelands. In general the people of Palestine have rights and these rights shall be respected accordingly.

2. Rightfully demand that Israel rebuild what they had destroyed so as to enable the Bedouin people a sa fe and speedy return to their land.

3. Israel's parastatal organizations (WZO and JNF) so registered and thus operating internationally, be regarded as foreign agents representing a foreign State, and thereby not seen as charitable organizations.

4. Both Israel and its parastatal organizations be held accountable for their inhumane conduct in Palestine and wherever else they harnessed and let loose their brutal war machine. These actions must cease and thereafter be replaced with the means to rebuild the land illegally taken from the people of Palestine.

Please understand that these demands are neccesary for the survival and welfare of an abused and badly neglected nati on subjected to many years of torment, thus earning your due and timely consideration to assist them in their darkest hour, and in accordance with the UN Charter.

Their abuse has received the attention of a rapidly growing international audience pledging support in their quest for a normal life in their own uninvaded land. We, the people and followers of the Palestinian cause do not foresee any relaxation or waining of support, and therefor beg for your intervention and support in the name of peace and love.
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