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Monday, February 11, 2008

URGENT ACTION ALERT, Christian Peacemakers Team, Hebron.

Israeli Civil Administration is set to demolish a clinic and 20 homes near Hebron, in the Beqa’a Valley, this week. Contact information below for Canada, UK, Sweden, and USA.

HEBRON Palestinian residents of the Beqa’a Valley are in danger of losing twenty homes and their health clinic. The clinic is currently under construction. The Israeli Civil Administration issued orders to the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) to demolish the homes and clinic by the end of the week.

Residents in the valley have been building this clinic without governmental or outside funding, even though many have little or no paid employment. The Israeli Civil Administration refused to grant a building permit despite the difficulties residents encounter in reaching other health facilities outside of the valley. Between 600 and 700 people, mostly women and children, will use the new clinic for routine medical care, including prenatal checkups and vaccinations. Palestinian Relief and CARE International currently provide these services one day a week in other existing facilities. The residents decided to build their own clinic as the facilities they are now using are inadequate. Some patients are currently receiving care in part of one resident’s home.

(To view pictures of Beqa’a Valley residents using an existing home as a clinic, visit )

Twenty other buildings also have demolition orders. Six of these are homes that the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions (ICAHD) rebuilt after previous demolitions.

Atta Jaber, a resident of the Beqa’a Valley, told CPTers (members of Christian Peacemaker Teams), “We want the world to know that with our new clinic that has the demolition order, if there was an automobile accident on the Bypass Route 60, and Israelis were injured and could not get to a hospital, we would give them medical treatment right here in this Palestinian clinic. Tell the world.” Israeli authorities demolished Jaber’s home in the Beqa’a Valley three times.


Please call, e-mail or write to the Israeli Defense Forces. Urge them to rescind the demolition orders and allow residents to complete the clinic in the Beqa’a Valley.

Send appeal electronically:

Public Appeals Officer Phone: (country code 972) 03-5691000

Public Appeals Officer Fax: (country code 972) 03-5699400

In addition, please call, email or write to your government officials. Urge them to send a strong message to the Israeli government to rescind the stop work orders and allow residents to complete the clinic in the Beqa’a Valley.

Below is a suggested list of contacts for this Urgent Action.


Embassy in Tel Aviv –
The Canadian Embassy,
PO Box 9442,
Tel Aviv
Fax: (011 972 3) 636-3380.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
Office of the Prime Minister,
80 Wellington Street,
K1A 0A2
Fax: 613-941-6900
or Email:

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada,
Maxine Bernier,
House of Commons,
Ottawa ON,
K1A 0A6
Fax: (613) 995-0687
or Email:

You can mail your MP at the House of Commons address, or find their email address at


Embassy in Tel Aviv –
British Embassy,
192 Hayarkon Street,
Tel Aviv
Tel: (+972 3) 725 1222;
Fax: (+ 972 3) 527 8574.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown,
10 Downing Street,

To email the Prime Minister go to

Foreign Secretary David Miliband,
Foreign and Commonwealth Office,
King Charles Street,

Tel: 020 7008-1500

To email MP, MEP’s, MSPs, or Northern Ireland, Welsh and London AMs

Contact details for UK Members of Parliament and House of Lords:

Contact details for UK Members of Parliament:

Contact details for the Members of the Scottish Parliaments:


Contact PM Fredrik Reinfeldt,
Phone: 46 8 405-1000,
email via senior registry clerk –

Contact Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt,
Phone: 46-8-405-1000,
email via senior registry clerk –


Embassy in Tel Aviv –
US Embassy,
71 Hayarkon Street,
Tel Aviv
Email: "Mary Glantz, Human Rights" <>
or Michelle Schohn <>

President George W Bush,
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
NW, Washington, DC

Register your message with the White House Comment Line

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice,
2201 C Street
NW, Washington, DC

Matthew S. Rosenstock
Office of Israel and Palestine Affairs
in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
in the State Department.
phone (1)202-647-1461.
Met with Abduhadi when he was in the States.

To contact your Senator go to

To contact your Representative go to

Or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202)-224-3132
and ask for the appropriate Congressional office.


Christian Peacemaker Teams is an ecumenical initiative to support violence reduction efforts around the world. To learn more about CPT's peacemaking work, please visit our website at
Photos of our projects may be viewed at:

A map of the center of Hebron is at$File/ocha_OTS_hebron_oPt010805.pdf?OpenElement

The same map is the last page of this report on closures in Hebron:
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