The following e-mail just in from War on Want:
“Over a thousand Palestinian families in Silwan, East Jerusalem were told their homes would be demolished by the end of September. The Israeli authorities have plans to destroy houses in Silwan to make way for a tourist site. But the community remains defiant; they have called on people around the world to support their struggle to save their homes. Thank you for standing with the community and supporting the Save Silwan campaign. For now, the bulldozers have been delayed.
“Thousands of you took action to raise awareness about the situation in Silwan and emailed the Mayor of Jerusalem, the British government and the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process [Robert Serry, via Richard Miron, Chief Public Information Officer, mironr AT un.org; mailing address :UNSCO Government House P.O. Box : 490 Jerusalem 91004] demanding a halt to the demolitions. This international pressure has put a spotlight on Silwan.
“After being inundated by emails, the British Foreign Office took up the matter with the Israeli Authorities. In a public response they stated “we view such demolitions and evictions as causing unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians”.
“However, we can not be complacent. At least 24 new demolition orders were issued to Silwan residents in the past month and despite their written response, the British government has failed to take any meaningful action to hold Israel to account.
“Thank you. Best wishes
“Rafeef Ziadah, Save Silwan Campaigner”
War on Want