Reform and Reconstructionist Movements Among Those Urging Action
Two days ahead of his first presidential visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territory, fifteen pro-Israel organizations have sent President Biden a letter urging him to help prevent the forced displacement of approximately 1,000 Palestinians from their homes in the area of Masafer Yatta in the occupied West Bank. Collectively, these organizations represent millions of Jewish Americans.
“We ask you to raise this issue and make clear the United States’ firm opposition to such displacement in your upcoming trip to Israel,” the letter reads. “As lifelong advocates for Israel’s security and survival as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people…we believe it is vital that you firmly and unequivocally oppose these harmful displacements.”
The signers note that the Israeli Supreme Court greenlit the forced displacement of Palestinians from the Masafer Yatta villages earlier this year, and that demolitions of homes in the area have already begun. If allowed to be carried out in full, this would be the largest mass eviction of Palestinian families in decades.
The groups signing the letter are: Ameinu, Americans for Peace Now, Habonim Dror North America, Hashomer Hatzair USA, Israel Policy Forum, Jewish Labor Committee, J Street, National Council of Jewish Women, New Israel Fund, New York Jewish Agenda, Partners for Progressive Israel, Reconstructing Judaism, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and Union for Reform Judaism.