Save Wadi Foquin (Fukin)
  • Petitioned Congressman James P. McGovern

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Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Congressman James P. McGovern
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Congressman Frank R. Wolf

Save Wadi Foquin (Fukin)

    1. Friends of Wadi Foquin
    2. Petition by

      Friends of Wadi Foquin

      alameda, CA

Wadi Foquin is a Palestinian village located in the Bethlehem District of the West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territories. The village and its population of 1,200 live under Israeli military control. The village and villagers have been victims of human rights violations which impact daily life, and jeopardize their future survival.

Human Rights violations incude, but are not limited to:

1. Land Confiscation and Displacement: Land has been illegally confiscated for the building of the settlement of Betar Illit; land confiscation orders have been issued for the proposed building of the separation wall; orders have been issued for farmers to vacate land due to takeover by the Israeli government. The settlement is illegal according to the 4th Geneva Convention. The separation wall has been ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice.

2. Damaged Water Supply: Potable water supply is controlled by the Israeli government –the village receives a small percentage of water available to them; natural springs have been part of natural irrigation system for centuries but are now drying up due to limestone runoff from settlements which harden the soil.

3. Food Supply and Farm Production: Agricultural produce which is the source of natural food supply and means of income has been damaged due to the runoff of raw sewage and construction debris from the settlement.

4. Transportation Inequality & Freedom of Movement: Israeli only bypass roads have been constructed for access to settlements but are prohibited for use by Palestinians. Road improvements within municipal boundaries of Wadi Foquin have been interrupted and/or prohibited by the Israeli military.
Flying checkpoints restrict access to jobs, educational institutions, and healthcare facilities.

Follow these links for more resources:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/459416990758113/files/

http://www.redressonline.com/2012/11/israels-sewage-war/

http://youtu.be/kVZP0UL4ayk

http://youtu.be/Qx6BGZF5AlE

To:
Congressman James P. McGovern, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Congressman Frank R. Wolf, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Friends of Wadi Foquin has submitted a request that the Lantos Human Rights Commission hold a hearing on the human rights violations in Wadi Foquin. Given the urgency of the situation, we request the hearing be scheduled in the first quarter of 2013.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Obama should visit WADI FOQUIN!!

      Friends of Wadi Foquin
      Petition Organizer
      My Word: Obama should visit Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin

      President Barack Obama is scheduled next week to make a visit to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. Meetings will no doubt primarily involve government leaders in each region.

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. Alameda: Palestinian village supporters going to D.C.

      Friends of Wadi Foquin
      Petition Organizer
      Alameda: Palestinian village supporters going to D.C.

      Click photo to enlarge ALAMEDA -- Kira Azzam, born in the United States, has relatives in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt. But the true ancestral homeland of Azzam and her extended family is Palestine. Azzam's elders were among the first forced to flee their homeland around the time the modern state of Israel was established in 1948.

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. Alameda's Buena Vista Methodist Church, others aiding Palestinian village

      Friends of Wadi Foquin
      Petition Organizer
      Alameda's Buena Vista Methodist Church, others aiding Palestinian village

      Click photo to enlarge ALAMEDA -- Wadi Foquin boasts a history that goes back centuries, and with it, a long-standing reputation as a small but very productive Palestinian agricultural village. Even today, Wadi Foquin (estimated population 1,200) grows some high-quality fruits and vegetables and has become especially noted for its organic farming.

    6. United Methodist Reverend brings the struggles of Wadi Foquin to Washington

      Friends of Wadi Foquin
      Petition Organizer
      United Methodist Reverend brings the struggles of Wadi Foquin to Washington DC | Mondoweiss

      Reverend Michael Yoshii, Senior Pastor of the Buena Vista United Methodist Church in Alameda, California, is heading off to Washington DC today to meet with the House of Representatives Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Rev. Yoshii is meeting with US officials on behalf of the Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin near Bethlehem.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Lisa Westarp PORTLAND, OR
      • 5 months ago

      I visited Wadi Fukin myself two months ago, saw with my own eyes the conditions under which the villagers live.

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    • Heather Bartlett EPSOM, NH
      • 5 months ago

      No more land theft by the illegal occupyung forces!

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    • Eric Bornand PUIDOUX, SWITZERLAND, PALESTINIAN TERRITORY, OCCUPIED
      • 7 months ago

      I was there this morning (www.eappi.org)

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    • Martin Smith WEST ISLIP, NY
      • 7 months ago

      Human rights should be important to anyone and anybody who has been paying attention to what is going on in Palestine knows that Palestinian human rights are being violated everyday. American taxpayers are ignorant to the fact that they are subsidizing these crimes.

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    • Andrea Cherez BOSTON, MA
      • 8 months ago

      Because I'm Jewish and I don't like to see anyone, let alone other Jews, commit ethnic cleansing. You'd think this would be the last thing a Jew would be guilty of.

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