An open letter to Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Israel.
By Donna Baranski-Walker / Mondoweiss.net
March 8, 2017
My question: Do your own donations to support education in the Israeli settlement of Beit El and President Trump’s trust in you put you in a unique position to stop Israel’s demolition of Palestinian communities?
David Friedman, esq.
Nominee for U.S. Ambassador to Israel
Dear Mr. Friedman,
I am writing with urgency. I have asked my Senators Feinstein and Harris to forward my questions to you and request your reply. I am bringing these questions forward because although many speculate about what shape peace between Israelis and Palestinians will take in the future, I am most concerned with how you will assure a future for Palestinians who are being forced from their land right now.
The stakes were always high, but since January 2017, this situation is critical. These past two weeks, I have once again been urging everyone I know to write to their Senators and Representatives to urgently request that they call the Israeli Embassy and the U.S. State Department to prevent the imminent demolition of a West Bank Palestinian school and village, this time the village of Khan al Ahmar. Simultaneously we await word of the State of Israel’s position re the appeal by the Palestinian village of Susiya, calls are arriving from the village of Umm al Kheir about the Israeli Army’s demolition of water catchment cisterns in their area, and more.
The village of Khan Al Ahmar is located in the West Bank between the Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adumim and one of its elite suburbs, Kfar Adumim. According to the Times of Israel, at the request of President Trump’s administration, a bill to unilaterally annex Ma’ale Adumim and the surrounding area has been postponed — but Khan al Ahmar and the many other villages within that annexation footprint remain in grave danger because they continue to face the very real and imminent threat of demolition.
On March 5th, the Israeli Civil Administration (ICA) issued demolition orders to the entire village. The residents were given seven days to demolish their own homes, mosque, medical clinic, and elementary school, serving 172 children from neighboring communities.