US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, October 5, 2015
On October 15th a distinguished panel of community leaders, activists, and legal experts will hold a congressional briefing to address the decades-long struggle of internally displaced Palestinian citizens of Israel working to return to their homes.
The briefing will take place in 221 Cannon House Office Building from 3:00-4:30pm. If you’re near DC, please feel free to join us.
Please write and call your Members of Congress today and ask them to send a staff member to this important briefing.
You can look up your lawmakers and follow steps for inviting them to the briefing at this US Campaign page.
Iqrit and the Illusion of Law & Democracy:
A Case Study of Displacement & Inequality of Palestinians in Israel
Capitol Hill Briefing
221 Cannon House Office Building
27 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
Thursday, October 15, 3:00-4:30 PM
The people of Iqrit, a small Christian Palestinian village in the Galilee in northern Israel, were forced out of their village in 1948, promised to return after two weeks, and have not been permitted to return to their homes despite a 1951 Israeli Supreme Court ruling, governmental promises, and Israeli ministerial committee recommendations. For the past 67 years, the Iqrit community has been united in a struggle for the right to return and has been engaged in one of the longest peaceful, popular and legal struggles for justice the region has known.
The story of Iqrit challenges not only the illusion of Israel as a democracy governed by laws, but also as a state which sees and treats its citizens equally.
Shadia Sbait, General Coordinator of the Iqrit Community Association
Ameer Toume, 3rd Generation Iqrit Community Activist and Student at Haifa University
Nadia Ben Youssef, USA Representative, Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
Noura Erakat, Assistant Professor in Legal Studies and Social Justice & Human Rights at George Mason University