Tell Congress: The Golan Heights does not belong to Israel!
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been pressuring the U.S. to support Israel's illegal annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights. Accordingly, President Trump has announced that the U.S. will now recognize this as Israeli territory, and some Republican Congressmen have introduced legislation that would make it law.
Please contact your representatives by filling out the form below. Tell them to oppose House of Representatives bill H.R. 1372 and Senate bill S.567
This pandering legislation would recognize an Israeli action that violates international law.
• The House of Representatives' bill is "H.R.1372 - To clarify that it is United States policy to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights."
It is sponsored by Ted Cruz (R-TX) and has 7 cosponsors, all Republicans.
Both bills have been referred to committee. By immediately telling your representatives to oppose this legislation, you show politicians that we're aware of this effort and will work to oppose it!
BACKGROUND: Israel has been occupying the Golan Heights ever since its 1967 war against Syria and Egypt.
Before the Israeli occupation, the Golan Heights was filled with villages. Now much of it is empty. This is because in the ensuing years Israel undertook a policy of demolishing these villages and depopulating the area. It has also moved in some Israeli settlers.
The United Nations issued a detailed report about Israel's actions. Among its information is this:
"Following the occupation of the territory in 1967, the occupation authorities destroyed 244 villages and built-up areas in the Golan and expelled their population, sparing only five villages (Majdal Shams, Buq'ata, Ain Qunya, Mas'ada and al-Ghajar). Not even places of worship, schools and health centres escaped destruction. The underlying aim of the occupation authorities was to eliminate Arab landmarks and obliterate the Arab identity of the Golan, as a result of which anyone who visits the Golan today is able to identify the locations of the former Arab villages only from their ruins."
More and more politicians with their fingers to the wind decided not to attendthis year's AIPAC conference. I was in front of the White House on Sunday at Al-Awda's protest against AIPAC, and was pleased to see so many principled, determined people who had come from all over the country and the world to march with Al Awda in support of Palestinian rights.
Let's keep the pressure on! Tell your representatives not to go along with Netanyahu's latest ploy.
– Alison Weir
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