We are a group of Jewish students & youth movements, actively involved in the Jewish community who care deeply about the future of Israel, and the future of all the peoples of the region. We represent 16 schools and universities across the UK, campaigning together against the Israeli government’s policy of issuing demolition orders on Palestinian villages in the West Bank. We believe that everyone deserves a home, and that unjust demolitions must end in order to create a climate of stability and hope in which peace can thrive.
Many of us were on the Yachad Student Trip when we visited the village of Umm al-Khair. The Civil Administration of the Israeli Defence Forces refuses to recognise their village, despite the fact that they have the deeds to this land. As a result, they cannot obtain building permits and they cannot be connected to the water, gas or electricity. Their homes are demolished regularly with little rhyme or reason, and this is not an isolated case. There are active demolition orders in Umm al-Jamal & Ein al Hilweh in the northern Jordan Valley, Abu a-Nawar & Jabal al-Baba in the Ma’ale Adumim area, and Susiya & Yatta in the South Hebron Hills, to just name a few.
We are leaders in our schools and universities, in our synagogues and our youth movements, and many of us have spent extended periods participating and leading programmes in Israel. However, the leaders of the organisations that serve our community have, time and again, shirked their responsibility of representing us on these issues. So we have taken it on instead. We have written to MPs, ministers, diplomats, and communal leaders, to tell them #DontSettleForThis. It is time for the punitive policy of demolitions to end.
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18 April 2018
The Middle East Minister, Alistair Burt MP, has addressed the concerns raised by the #DontSettleForThis campaign and said that the British Government remains gravely concerned by proposals to demolish villages in the Jordan Valley.Letter from Alistair Burt
13 April 2018
The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has addressed the concerns raised by the #DontSettleForThis campaign and said that demolitions of Palestinain homes in area C of the West Bank cause unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians, call into question Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution and in most cases, violate International Humanitarian Law.Boris Johnson repsonse
26 March 2018
The group met the Chair of the International Development Select Committee, Mr Stephen Twigg MP, and asked him to bring up the issue of demolitions of Palestinian villages in the West Bank with the committee.
18 March 2018
The group met the Middle East Minister, Mr Alistair Burt MP, which said that the British government considers these demolitions “unacceptable” and praised the students for “raising awareness of this within the Jewish community and beyond.”
16 March 2018
The group met the Israeli Deputy Ambassador, Sharon Bar-li, and asked Israel to stop the demolitions of Palestinian villages in the West Bank.