The families of Pope Mountain need us… Israel is about to wipe out an entire indigenous community


Israel is about to wipe out an entire indigenous community based on a new law that could take away their rights to their land. Alone, they will lose everything — but if we show local politicians that a million eyes around the world are watching, we could stop the bulldozers before they start.

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Dear friends,

Near the hilltops of the village of Bethany, 2000 years ago, it is said that Jesus Christ brought Lazarus back to life.

Today those hilltops are home to an indigenous community who are about to be bulldozed into the ground. Their homes, land, and way of life completely wiped out.

But these brave families refuse to fade silently into the darkness. Instead, they are taking a huge risk, rising up against the bulldozers by nonviolently “sitting-in” their homes. They’re betting on a miracle: that their act of courage will inspire people around the world to help stop the bulldozers before they crush them.

We can be that miracle.

This destruction can only happen under total media darkness. Click to stand with the families, and the Avaaz team will join the community and project our names onto these homes — so when the military bulldozers come, they won’t just see a small village huddling in fear — they’ll see the world standing as a protective shield around the families of Pope Mountain.   

Click here to stand with the families of Pope Mountain.

The community on Pope Mountain is under threat because extremist politicians just passed a law that undermines these families’ right to their land. The Israeli Attorney General has said it’s unconstitutional, but politicians plan to cleanse everyone living in this area to build an illegal colony and Trump-style separation wall.

Although the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is complicated, this issue is clear cut: President Obama, all the leaders of the European Union, and the United Nations condemned these plans and said that cleansing this indigenous community would make peace almost impossible.

But now the extremists have Donald Trump. That’s why the families of Pope Mountain need us.

If millions of us stand in solidarity with them now, we’ll bring media attention to their story — and mobilise people from around the world to come and join the sit-in. We’ll bring to life a symbol of global unity where extremists want to create division. It will be a miracle of hope against fear. Let’s create a protective shield around Pope Mountain — and give peace a chance.

Click here to stand with the families of Pope Mountain.

For the last year, Avaazers have been helping the community, creating a space for doctors to provide treatment. Now, faced with being ripped from their homes, the people of Pope Mountain are saying: “We will remain.” Let’s give them hope and show that the world stands with them in their struggle.

With hope and determination,

Fadi, Nell, Risalat, Ana Sofía, Emma, and the whole Avaaz team

More information:

UN: Record number of demolitions in 2016 (United Nations)
http://www.ochaopt.org/content/record-number-demolitions-2016-casualty-toll-declines

UN Condemns huge Israeli settlement plan (Al Jazeera)
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/condemns-huge-israeli-settlement-plan-170125041616025.html

Trump Ambassador to Israel said to push new settlements (Forward)
http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/362712/david-friedman-trump-s-israel-envoy-pick-reportedly-behind-newly-approved-s/

Netanyahu: “I will speak with Trump about settlements” (The Jerusalem Post)
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Netanyahu-I-will-speak-with-Trump-about-settlements-in-Washington-480500

Israeli Allies Condemn Settlement Law as Lawsuits Loom (Associated Press)
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/17f2d5ed1433466ba5c6e0666e8ea686/israel-passes-law-legalizing-thousands-settlement-homes

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