The Write for Rights letter writing marathon continues with three cases left, including today’s case. Today’s case is a little different because it’s on the behalf of a village, not an individual prisoner of conscience.
The Nabi Saleh village in Palestine has faced frequent harassment and repression from the Israeli army. Since 2009, Nabi Saleh’s 550 residents have held weekly protests against the Israeli military occupation and an Israeli settlement’s takeover of the village’s farmland. The army has responded to the protests with excessive force, killing two people and injuring hundreds more, including many women and children. The military also terrorizes the villagers, conducting night raids, arresting children, and firing tear gas into people’s homes. So far, no one in the Israeli army has been held accountable for these actions. We want to change this impunity once and for all.
The Honorable [Insert Your Representative’s Name]
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
I am writing you on behalf of the residents of Nabi Saleh, a village in the Palestinian West Bank. As you know, this territory is under Israeli military occupation. As a supporter of Amnesty International and an individual concerned with the defense of human rights, I urge you to call on Israel to stop attacking the Palestinian residents of Nabi Saleh.
Since 2009, the villagers of Nabi Saleh have held weekly peaceful protests against Israel’s military occupation. Villagers also protest the nearby illegal Israeli settlement that has taken over most of their farmland.
The villagers of Nabi Saleh are exercising their human rights to freedom of expression and assembly, yet the Israeli army responds to the peaceful protests with violent attacks and the unnecessary use of force. These attacks have killed two people and injured hundreds, including women and children. Israeli soldiers have carried out night raids, arrested children, and fired tear gas into homes.
Please tell Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to stop the Israeli security forces’ attacks. Call on him to ensure that the security officers responsible for the killings of Mustafa Tamimi and Rushdi Tamimi and the injury of others in the village are brought to justice.
The U.S. Congress provides billions of dollars a year in military aid to Israel. That’s why I urge you to hold the Israeli military accountable for its attacks on Nabi Saleh villagers. Palestinians have a right to peacefully protest the Israeli occupation and the illegal settlements being built on their land.
Thank you so much for taking the time to work on these cases and to write letters. These people need our help, and we are only halfway toward Amnesty International’s goal of 75,000 letters. If you’re written a letter, or are planning to write a few letters before Dec. 17th, then please pledge your efforts with the Write for Rights Campaign.