Sanders, Feinstein, Warren Urge Israel Not To Demolish Palestinian Villages by the Forward

Sanders, Feinstein, Warren Urge Israel Not To Demolish Palestinian Villages

Image by Getty Images

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Ten Democratic senators, among them four Jews, wrote Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urging him not to demolish Palestinian villages that Israel has deemed unauthorized.

“We have long championed a two-state solution as a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said the letter, initiated by Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. “Yet, your government’s efforts to forcibly evict entire Palestinian communities and expand settlements throughout the West Bank not only directly imperil a two-state solution, but we believe also endanger Israel’s future as a Jewish democracy.”

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has said Israel plans to demolish Susiya, a small village near Hebron, and Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village near the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim, parallel to plans to demolish unauthorized West Bank Jewish settlements.

The letter comes a month or so after J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group, launched with its student affiliate, J Street U, a campaign to prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes.

“We welcome [the letter] as a sign that top lawmakers are increasingly speaking out about alarming actions by the Israeli government that undermine the two-state solution and endanger Israel’s future as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people,” J Street said in a statement.

Also signing the letter were: Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Tom Carper, D-Del., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Al Franken, D-Minn., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. Schatz and Franken, like Feinstein and Sanders, are Jewish.

Author

Sanders, Warren Urge Israel To Save Palestinian Village

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Sanders, Feinstein, Warren Urge Israel Not To Demolish Palestinian Villages

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close