Help Tent of Nations Fight Demolition!

Here’s an alert from Friends of Tent of Nations North America (see my previous post). Please sign the petition and look for a variety of additional action opportunities after the jump.

Dear Friends of Tent of Nations,

The Nassar Family Farm/Tent of Nations Project is in immediate jeopardy because of actions taken by Israeli authorities on Thursday afternoon, May 27, when two officers from the Israeli Civil Administration, guarded by Israeli soldiers, came to the farm and gave the family nine demolition orders for structures built without a permit from the Israeli Military Authority during the last two years. The orders are set for execution this Sunday, May 30. The Nassars’s attorney has initiated emergency legal action to stave off disaster.

We are asking you to be prepared to take every possible action, if conditions worsen, demanding that the orders not be executed. In the meantime, please sign this petition with your phone and email and forward this E-mail to your friends asking that they do likewise. We will post updates at the website www.fotonna.org.

Thank you for your solidarity.
Steering Committee
Friends of Tent of Nations North America

Further Background:

The Nassar Family Farm/Tent of Nations Project just south of Bethlehem has a long history of modeling peaceful co-existence with its neighbors through teaching courses and providing workshops and conferences for women and youth. It also provides opportunities for internationals, Israelis and Palestinians to unite in solidarity around a common dream of a just peace. (www.tentofnations.org) The Project has always provided a safe haven for those who are committed to justice, and we want it to continue to do so.

The pending Israeli Military demolition orders are for tents, animal shelters, metal roofs on both old houses, the restroom shelters, a water cistern, a one-room trailer and two underground renovated cave structures. While one officer wrote the demolition orders on Thursday, the other photographed the structures. Israeli soldiers accompanied them and pointed their guns on the family and volunteers.

The Nassar family has only three days to file objections to those orders which is more difficult because Friday and Saturday are holidays for the Israelis. Daoud has contacted his lawyer, and he will write an opposition to the orders, and send it to the military court on Sunday morning. The family hopes to get a court order on Sunday morning to stop the demolition action.To join the new Facebook “Stop the Tent of Nations Demolition” group, click here.

If you’re not on Facebook, sign the petition here:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/stop-the-demolition-of-nassar-family-farmtent-of-nations-buildings


White House comment line (real person answers) – Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 202-456-1111; White House fax: 202-456-2461Capital Switchboard – 202-224-3121 and ask for Senator or Congress person by name

State Dept. – Secretary of State – try email: secretary@state.gov; if not work go to http://contact-us.state.gov

Israeli Embassy:
http://www.israelemb.org/about_us.html

About the Embassy of Israel

The Embassy of Israel in Washington DC is Israel’s largest embassy in the world. As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Israel formulates, implements and presents foreign policy of the Israeli government, the Embassy works to present those policies to the United States government. Thereby the Embassy acts as a liaison to strengthen the ties between the two governments and increase diplomatic relations.
The Embassy of Israel has many departments that work together with specific aspects of the US government.

Departments in the Embassy of Israel

Ambassador of Israel to The United States
His Excellency Ambassador Michael Oren

Deputy Chief of Mission
Mr. Dan Arbell
Fax: (202) 364-5560

Defense and Armed Forces Attaché
Major General Gadi Shamni
Tel: (202) 364-5403
Fax: (202) 364-5503

Political Department
Oded Joseph – Minister – Counselor for Middle Eastern Affairs
Nissan Amdur – Minister – Counselor for Political Affairs
Oren Anolik – Counselor for Political Affairs
Tel: (202)364-5581/2
Fax: (202)364-5490

Public Affairs
NOAM KATZ – Minister-Public Diplomacy
Tel: (202) 364-5542
Fax: (202) 364-5423
info@washington.mfa.gov.il
Galit Baram -Counselor for Public and Academic Affairs
info@washington.mfa.gov.il

Congressional Affairs
Daniel Meron – Minister for Congressional Affairs
Aviv Ezra – Counselor for Congressional Affairs 
Tel:(202) 364-5568
Fax: (202)364-5490

Press Department
Jonathan Peled – Minister – Counselor Spokesman
Tel: (202) 364-5538
Fax: (202) 364-5610

Economic Affairs
Asaf Vitman – Minister for Economic Affairs
Tel: (202) 364-5691/2
Fax: (202) 364-5647

Commercial Affairs
http://www.israelemb.org/bios/Ohad_Cohen.htmOhad Cohen – Commercial Attache
Tel.: (202) 364-5695
Fax: (202) 364-5647
Email: washington@israeltrade.gov.il
Website: www.moital.gov.il/dc

Agriculture & Scientific Affairs
Mr. Zvi Herman – Minister for Agriculture and Scientific Affairs
Science & Technology Affairs
Tel: (202) 364-5641
Fax: (202) 364-5643
agriculture@israelemb.org

Foreign Defense Assistance & Exports (SIBAT)
Gideon Meretz – Minister – Counselor
Tel: (202) 364-5608
Fax: (202) 364-5491

Police Liaison Office
URI BAR-LEV MAJOR -MAJOR GENERAL Israel Police Attache 
Efi Tibi – Brigadier General Attache & Liaisson Officer to U.S.and Canada
Tel: (202) 364-5672
Fax: (202) 364-5404

One thought on “Help Tent of Nations Fight Demolition!

  1. Here are the contacts for Canadians who wish to contact their government and Israel’s representative in Canada:

    Prime Minister’s Office:
    Office of the Prime Minister
    80 Wellington Street
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

    Email: pm@pm.gc.ca
    Fax: 613-941-6900

    To obtain the contact information for your own Member of Parliament:
    http://www.parl.gc.ca/

    The Embassy of Israel in Canada
    Her Excellency Miriam Ziv
    Embassy of Israel
    50 O’Connor Street
    Ottawa,Ontario K1P 6L2

    Email: info@ottawa.mfa.gov.il
    Fax: (613) 567-9878

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