Saturday, November 8, 2014

Save Al-Aqsa Mosque



Open letter to Political Leaders: 



Al-Aqsa Mosque is part of a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is located in Old Jerusalem, on the Palestinian side of the internationally recognized borders between Israel and the West Bank.  Under the Oslo Accords signed in 1993 Israel agreed to withdraw from the area. 

However, that withdrawal never happened.  Israel occupies and controls the area today, and has been increasingly using violence to deny Palestinian people the right to worship, pray, and even visit their own Holy Place in their own land. 

9.23. 2014:  “Israeli forces fired stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets at worshipers and protesters, injuring dozens.”  http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/22063

10.20.2014-- “Israeli Settlers jeopardize the fate of UNESCO heritage site:"  http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/israeli-settlers-jeapordise-fate


It is, by the way, against International Law to destroy ‘Cultural Property:’
https://www.icrc.org/customary-ihl/eng/docs/v2_rul_rule38

Cultural Property is not the only thing at risk.

10.23.2014—“Israeli Army Kidnaps nine Palestinian women as they leave al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem:”  http://www.imemc.org/article/69483 

10.29.2014—Israeli Defense Forces attack women on their way to al-Aqusa Mosque: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1526252397632127

The UN, by the way, “Strongly condemns the failure of Israel, the occupying Power, to end its prolonged occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, in accordance with international law and relevant United Nations resolutions . . .” and they also call “ . . .  for an immediate cessation of Israeli military assaults throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and an end to attacks against all civilians . . .”  http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/SpecialSessions/Session21/Pages/21stSpecialSession.aspx

Why are we standing by and allowing all this to happen?  Why do we continue to support and arm Israel?  It is time for us to quit looking the other way and do the right thing.  We must act to save al-Aqsa Mosque and the Palestinian People.

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Contact US Political Leaders!

Click on your state on the map at the link below, and all your state reps are shown, with phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and contact forms.  If the numbers are overwhelming go back to the first page and simply enter your zip code in the form (no other information is needed) only the reps for your area will appear.  http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Contact the White House using this form:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

You might also want to search facebook for your reps’ names, and post this or similar statements in comments or directly to their pages.


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3 comments:

  1. The fact that a tiny violent extremist minority of the world’s 13.9 million Jews can ignore International Law, UN Resolutions, and common decency to violently desecrate one of Islam’s most Sacred Sites without violent retribution from the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims--proves that Islam is not a violent religion. Further, the fact that the so called ‘Muslim’ violent extremist organizations are not taking any action either, proves that they have geopolitical motivations rather than spiritual motivations.

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  2. Maybe someone at the White House actually read our letters! But don't let this stop you from sending yours if you haven't sent one already . . . .

    Israel eases Al-Aqsa Mosque age restrictions after Kerry talks 11.15.2014
    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Nov-15/277712-israel-eases-al-aqsa-mosque-age-restrictions-after-kerry-talks.ashx#ixzz3JO8hdxCn

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  3. Pray for al-Aqsa Mosque and the Palestinian People . . . If the White House did actually read our letters, their attention span was exceedingly short.

    Current News:

    Israeli court sentences northern Islamic movement leader to 11 months in jail - See more at:
    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israeli-court-sentences-northern-islamic-movement-leader-11-months-jail-475517436

    Woman, Teen, Kidnapped In The Al-Aqsa Mosque In Jerusalem: http://www.imemc.org/article/70845

    38 Settlers Storm Al Aqsa Mosque: http://www.imemc.org/article/70952

    Police Releases Detained Woman, Denies Her Access to The Al-Aqsa Mosque--article is worth reading: http://www.imemc.org/article/70845

    Jewish Settlers Mobilize for Raid on Al Aqsa Mosque During Passover:
    http://www.imemc.org/article/71022

    Highlight and right click the URL's to open the news stories.

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