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Members of US Congress call on Israel to revoke demolition orders against two Palestinian communities

 

WASHINGTON, Thursday, May 02, 2019 (WAFA) – Eight members of the US Congress called in a joint statement on the Israeli government to revoke demolition orders against Khan al-Ahmar and Susiya communities in the occupied West Bank.

US House Democrats - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL),Congressman David Price (D-NC), Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY), Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT), Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) - released on Tuesday a joint statement in anticipation of the May 1 deadline set by the Israeli courts requiring a status update on the West Bank community of Khan Al-Ahmar and expressing their continued concern over the status of the village of Susiya in the south of the West Bank.

“As strong supporters of the U.S.-Israeli special relationship and a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we are deeply concerned about the potential forced evacuation and demolition of the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar and the Palestinian village of Susiya in the West Bank,” they said in the statement.  “As we have said before, the destruction or displacement of these villages or any other similarly situated Palestinian communities in the West Bank would run counter to shared American and Israeli values and undermine long-term Israeli security, Palestinian dignity, and the prospects for peacefully achieving two states for two peoples.

"We call on the Israeli government to revoke these demolition orders.”

M.K.

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