Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Resources for Community Education on the Closure and Future of Jerusalem

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Resources for Community Education on the Closure and Future of Jerusalem

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The North American Coordinating Council on the Question of Palestine (NACC) called for a week of action Sept. 13-19 protesting the closure which is preventing Palestinians from reaching hospitals, schools, work, religious sites, and family members, and having a devastating effect on the Palestinian economy. In describing the current situation, B'Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, states that "Since the beginning of the occupation of the Occupied Territories in 1967, Israel had not imposed such sweeping and lengthy restriction on the right of movement of all Palestinian residents of the Occupied Territories."

The NACC objective for this week of action was to inform the public and to get media coverage of this policy and its devastating effects. People were invited to write letters to the editor, op-ed pieces, phone news editors, perform street theater, or contact the president, the secretary of state, and congresspersons.

October will be the month of another campaign, organized by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), in cooperation with other NGOs, to protest the continued land confiscation, house demolitions, and the proposed changed status of Jerusalem. The organizers are arranging tours for persons with intimate knowledge of these issues to visit several cities across the U.S. Communities are urged to contact the organizers about the possibility of a speaker or for recommendation of videos or other activities, or at least to report their plans.

For more information, contact Kathy Bergen, AFSC, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102; e-mail: or Marvin Wingfield, ADC, 4201 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 10008; e-mail: Resources suggested for the NACC campaign but also suitable for the October protest events are:

- The United Nations Office of the Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories publishes very interesting and helpful quarterly reports on economic and social conditions in the West Bank and Gaza. UNSCO and the World Bank also produced a fact sheet entitled Closure on the West Bank and Gaza: August-September 1997. …

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