CMEP Action Alert: Palestinian Children Tell Congress About Their Vision For Peace
Remind Congress that peace is possible! Take action and encourage your Members to attend the Tuesday, September 19 Hill Briefing “I Care About Peace.”
Rebuilding Alliance is bringing Palestinian children to Capitol Hill to tell Congress what peace means to them. Prominent peace activist Rabbi Arik Ascherman and Mayor Haj Sami Sadeq of Al Aqaba in the West Bank will also speak.
Do you live in the Washington, D.C. area? You are invited to attend the “I Care About Peace” Hill Briefing.
What: I Care About Peace Hill Briefing
When: Tuesday, September 19 10:30-11:30 AM EDT
Where: U.S. Capitol Building Room SVC 212-10
Please remember to bring your government issued I.D.
Join Rebuilding Alliance and CMEP as we welcome Palestinian children, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, and Mayor Haj Sami Sadeq to Capitol Hill. Come hear their stories of peacemaking as they work to rebuild communities torn apart by 50 years of Israeli occupation.
The children come from Susiya, al Aqaba, and Gaza City–three communities facing particularly trying circumstances. Susiya’s situation is dire as they anxiously await Israel’s High Court ruling on their appeal of an order to demolish their village. Al Aqaba offers of a case of tenuous hope. The village became the first Palestinian community within Area C of the West Bank to construct new houses according to their own town zoning plan! Gaza City’s perilous condition is known world-wide. The city faces 22 hours of blackout conditions everyday and some of the highest levels of poverty in the world.
Rabbi Arik Ascherman is an American-born Israeli peace activist and founder of Torah Tzedek (Torah of Justice). He is most widely known for his work with Rabbis for Human Rights, where he served as executive director from 1998 until 2010. His advocacy focuses on challenging Israeli land confiscation in the Occupied Territories and promoting Bedouin rights in Israel.
Haj Sami Sadeq has served as mayor of al Aqaba since 1999. His community is located within Area C of the West Bank and is in close proximity to an IDF live ammunition training ground. Since its beginning live ammunition training has claimed the lives of 13 Palestinians in al Aqaba and injured 50, including Sadeq. As mayor, Sadeq has gained the support of international organizations and embassies as al Aqaba continues to rebuild.
The Rebuilding Alliance was CMEP’s primary partner for our Spring Lights for Gaza Campaign.