Dear friends, dear partners,
For those of you who would like to join the Lobby for Human Rights in Jerusalem in this Campaign by addressing Israeli authorities and international policy makers to demand a halt of the policy of ID-card confiscations from Palestinian Jerusalemites, we have prepared the following sample letter for guidance:
Ministry of Interior
2 Kaplan Street
PO Box 6158
fax: (972) 2-670-1628
Your Excellency Eli Suissa:
On 22 April 1999, the Israeli Supreme Court will decide on the legality of
Jerusalem ID card confiscation. This policy, implemented by the Interior
Ministry, has lead to the forceful eviction of 2,083 Palestinian Jerusalemites
from 1996 to 1998 according to official Israeli data.
We wish to express our deep concern over the policy of ID card confiscation in occupied Jerusalem and express our dismay at the very concept of Palestinians being made strangers in their hometown. We also express our alarm at the increasing number of ID cards confiscated in the past three years due to the implementation of the "center of life" policy in 1996.
We believe the policy of revoking the Jerusalem residency status of
Palestinians, which engenders the forceful eviction of those Palestinian
residents from Jerusalem, is discriminatory, unjust and contrary to
international law including the Fourth Geneva Convention (art 49) and the
Covenant for Civil and Political Rights (art. 12).
We strongly urge you to end the policy of ID card confiscation and to grant East Jerusalem Palestinian residents a status that cannot be terminated, to reinstate the status of those Palestinians whose residency rights were revoked, and to allow Palestinian families to be re-united.
Please forward a copy of your letter to the Lobby and to:
Head of Mission
EC Delegation to OPT
PO Box 22207
5 Sheikh Hussam Eddin Jarralah St.
Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem
fax: (972) 2-532-6249
Office of the Prime Minister
3 Kaplan Street
PO Box 187
fax: (972) 2-670-1628
Martin S. Indyk
Assistant Secretary of State
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
Office of Public Affairs, Rm. 6242
Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
fax: (202) 647-7120
Lobby for Human Rights in Jerusalem/Campaign to End ID Card Confiscation
Adameer, BADIL Resource Center, Citizens' Rights Center-Arab Thought Forum, Freedom's Defense Center, Jerusalem Center for Women, Palestine Human Rights Information Center, Women's Affairs Technical Committee, Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling
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