Stand with the Palestinians of Beita as they protect their land

 

Jewish Voice for Peace
A request from Jewish Voice for Peace to sign a petition supporting those who are holding 24-hour vigils to protect their land from being seized by settlers and soldiers.

By Granate Kim | Jewish Voice for Peace | Mar 6, 2020

We can’t physically link arms and sit down with the Palestinians of Beita, but we can use our grassroots power to work against Trump’s “peace plan.”

Emboldened by Trump and Netanyahu, violent settlers are once again trying to seize Mount Al-Urma, one of the highest mountains in the occupied West Bank and a strategic position for Israelis.

But the people of nearby town Beita aren’t going anywhere. They’re holding 24-hour vigils to protect the mountain amidst threatening social media calls for its takeover.

We can’t physically link arms and sit down with the Palestinians of Beita, but we can use our grassroots power to work against Trump’s “peace plan.”

Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner are trying to convince us that their one-sided apartheid plan is somehow good for Palestinians. But these are the kind of far-right settlers it’s already inspiring. Palestinians have rejected the plan, along with 50 former European foreign ministers and leaders, a group of Catholic bishops, most members of Congress who value international law, and many other leaders across the world.

Yet Trump and Netanyahu say it’s “full steam ahead.”

Israeli officials and settlers have been attempting to confiscate Beita’s lands for more than 50 years, but the town’s citizens have repeatedly repelled these attempts with their vigilance.

In the Trump-Netanyahu era, things are getting worse.

Many hundreds of settlers responded to a call on social media to take Mount Al-Urma, and they descended into the town a little over a week ago, accompanied by soldiers. They were met by over a thousand residents who came to defend the land – and who are now spending 24 hours a day standing watch.

Stand with the Palestinians of Beita as they protect their land.

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