December 13, 2001
HEBRON URGENT ACTION: Pressure Israeli authorities to lift curfew in
Curfew was imposed in Hebron's Old City by Israeli military authorities on
Sunday afternoon, December 9. The Palestinian residents of the
Israeli-controlled (H2) area of the city are now under the 5th day of
curfew. Coming in the last week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, this
imposes a particular hardship. People are prevented from attending prayers
at the Ibrahimi Mosque and other places of worship in the Old City. Neither
leave their homes to buy food to prepare for the feast that concludes the
month of fasting, nor travel freely to join in family
Shop owners cannot open their stores and face heavy economic losses. The
closure of roads around the city to Palestinian traffic adds to the
difficulties and danger in travel. The curfew is especially cruel for
Palestinians when they see that Israeli settlers are allowed to move freely
in the Old City for their celebrations of Hanukkah, which began Sunday
Ramadan ends this Saturday, to be followed by three days of feasting.
Please contact the following Israeli officials and urge an immediate
lifting of the curfew in Hebron. Contacting U.S. or Canadian government
officials will raise their awareness of the issue and their pressure on
Israeli authorities may also be helpful.
Defense Minister Ben-Eliezer: Fax 011-972-3-697-6990, e-mail
Deputy Defense Minister Dalia Rabin Pilosof, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commander Civil Administration: Fax 011-972-2-997-7326.
President George W. Bush, Fax 202-456-2461, e-mail president
Senators and Congresspersons: for fax and phone numbers, check the web at:
http://congress.org/ enter your zip code and "Go".
Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien, Fax 613-941-6900
Members of Parliament: for Fax and phone, check the web at:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/ choose a language, then click on "Senators and
Members" then "current" then choose a listing.