Calls & Statements

JAI calls for actions and statements on events and crisis. Calls got sent immediately to the YMCA-YWCA JAI partners and friends for actions and responses.

Call for Actions - Olive Tree Campaign Field Attacked

Category: Calls & Statements
Created: 06 October 2012

On Saturday October 6th 2012, Salah family from Al Khader found out that more than 100 newly planted olive saplings in addition to 60 vine trees in an adjacent vineyard were cut down. The olive trees were among 300 olive trees planted on the Salah family's land (Dirar Abed Al Raheem Salah and Abdulhakim Salah) and 200 olive trees on the Nabhan family;s land. Both lands were planted on Monday, February 6th 2012 during the 2012 olive planting program.

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The vines which were cut down belong to Younis Mahfouzh Mousa, a farmer from Al Khader.

The owners of the attacked lands believe that it was settlers from the nearby Newe Dannyel Settlement which is about a hundred meters away. Further, they believe the Israeli military is complicit in this attack as the area is covered with Israeli military surveillance cameras, and is very close to the bypass road known as route 60 where military patrols move back and forth day and night.

OTC Field 7Oct2012 3This attack by settlers on Palestinians and their property comes as the olive harvest season begins. During this season Israeli settlers increase their attacks on Palestinians and olive trees in general. Between October 1st and 7th Israeli settlers have been involved in at least 5 attacks in addition to this one.

Also, the Independent Commission for Human Rights has reported that Israelis (settlers and military) have been involved in some 300 violations of Palestinians rights during the month of September in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Finally, the olive trees that were chopped down were planted at Dirar Salah and were sponsored partially by 30 sponsors from USA, UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan and Denmark. If you are from any of these countries or took part in the 2012 olive planting program please consider taking one of the following suggested actions:

  • Sponsor an olive tree or call on your friends and other people you know to sponsor olive trees to be planted in fields that suffer the same type of risks.

  • Write a letter to your countries representative in Tel Aviv, asking for a visit to the destroyed fields and affected farmers. Addresses of the foreign missions in Tel Aviv can be found here:

    Write a private and/ or public (through news papers) letter to the Israeli representatives in your country, sharing the story of the farmers, seeking explanation for what happened, and find out if there is a way to call those vandals to account.

  • Try to bring this story to light using your local newspapers, radio, TV stations or any other media tools to shed light on the story.

  • Please let JAI know in case you have decided to do something about this loss.

Call for Actions - Olive Tree Campaign field invaded and Olive Trees uprooted

Category: Calls & Statements
Created: 20 July 2012

Jabaa 19July2012 119th, July 2012

On Thursday; July 19th. 2012, The Israeli Civil Administration (Israeli Military Occupation) invaded the lands of Olive Tree Campaign's beneficiaries Izzat Abu Latifeh and Mohammed Abu Subhieh from the village of Jab'a.

The Israelis arrived to the land early in the morning, they brought JCB Bulldozers, military and civil vehicles to the land and started the destruction. Short after that, Izzat Abu Latifeh heard from eyewitnesses that the Israelis are on his land, he rushed to the land and tried to stop the destruction, the Israeli military prevented him from getting on the field unless he presents his documents of ownership, once he brought his Jabaa 19July2012 2documents the Israelis left, but it was too late. The destroyed more than 50 trees planted through OTC in response to the Israeli destruction of Izzat's property on February 22nd 2011.

The Israelis have also uprooted the roots of the trees they cut down in February 2011 as these roots started growing again, and then the Bulldozers destroyed old terraces on the land that Izzats father built more than 70 years ago. All the destruction was done to make the land look abandoned and remove evidence that the land has been cultivated; a procedure that leads to Israel’s confiscation and annexation of the land.

Jabaa 19July2012 3For so long, Palestinians have witnessed Israel confiscating their property and declare it as state land (annexation). This policy against the Palestinians is deemed illegal under international law, it violates the Geneva conventions in Particular where article 47 states: 'Protected persons who are in occupied territory shall not be deprived, in any case or in any manner whatsoever, of the benefits of the present Convention by any change introduced, as the result of the occupation of a territory, into the institutions or government of the said territory, nor by any agreement concluded between the authorities of the occupied territories and the Occupying Power, nor by any annexation by the latter of the whole or part of the occupied territory'.

Despite the frustrations, pain and agony caused by this destruction, the OTC will continue supporting the farmers in Jab'a by planting sponsored olive trees on their property and help them in their olive harvest.

What can you do to help:

  1. Sponsor an olive tree through the OTC, we are planning to raise up to 8000 olive trees to be sponsored by friends and partners around the world, many of these trees will be planted in Jab'a. You can help by sponsoring the planting of one yourself or for your friends and family.
  2. Expose the complicity of JCB bulldozers in destroying Palestinians livelihood and join the Stop the Bulldozers Campaign.
  3. Write your representatives in Israel and demand they visit Jab'a and seek investigation on the continuous destruction and confiscation of Jab'a land.
  4. Write the Israeli representatives in your country seeking explanation for the destruction of Jab'a Land.
  5. During previous olive picking programs we helped farmers in the destroyed area in the harvest of their trees, in support of the family and to highlight different ways of Israeli destruction of Palestinians land. During The Olive Picking 2012, we are planning to help the affected farmers again by organizing an olive picking day on their field, you can join the olive picking program or encourage your friends and others to do so by sharing this link.
  6. Finally, you can try to bring this story to light using your local newspapers, radio, TV stations or any other media tools to bring the story to light.

In Opposition to Cornell University's Collaboration with Technion - Israel

Category: Calls & Statements
Created: 12 March 2012

Dear friends, partners, supporters and advocates for justice,

We at the JAI kindly request your attention to the following:

Cornell University has recently agreed to partner with Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) on a massive new tech campus in New York City. Our friends at Cornell and activists in NYC are lobbying against this partnership, lately with some success. The provost of the University requested a meeting with members of Students for Justice in Palestine at the university, a sign that the university's administration is noticing the pressure.

Technion is a leading Israeli institute with thousands of graduates that end up, according to the institute's website, in the military service or being part of the Israeli elite. The institute itself has a history of collaboration with the Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems Ltd., which builds military, surveillance and security equipment both in Israel and worldwide. The military technology that is being used by the occupation forces in Palestine are either directly or indirectly being designed in Technion. The partnership between Cornell and Technion is a slap on the face of those who advocate for justice. Now is the time for the academic institutes to join the academic boycott against Israel --until it complies with international law-- rather than building partnerships and coalitions with the Israeli institutes and universities. Technion is an obvious and productive part in the oppressive machinery of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and a contributor to the systematic apartheid policies that are being practiced against the Palestinians on daily basis. It should therefore be isolated within the academic circles.

The Students for Justice in Palestine movement at Cornell has launched a petition campaign against this partnership and is circling it around. We are forwarding this to our network with an encouragement to sign it.

Thank you for your continuous and ardent support to the Palestinian cause.


64th Anniversary of Nakba

Category: Calls & Statements
Created: 14 May 2012

Nakba1948During this week in May, the Palestinian People are marking the 64th anniversary of Al-Nakba that resulted in the uprooting and the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people in addition to the destruction and obliteration of almost 530 Palestinian villages in historic Palestine. 750,000 Palestinians became refugees and were stripped of their lands and properties.

Today the Palestinian refugees, who amount to 7 million and live under very bad conditions, are still waiting to exercise their unalienable right of return and reparation in accordance with the UN resolution 194 and other relevant UN resolutions.

We consider the world community accountable to this right and situation.
We ask our friends in the world movements of the YMCA and YWCA, Churches and Church-related organizations as well as the Human Rights organizations and the peace and justice loving people worldwide, to share with us the determination to work for justice for the Palestinians by lobbying to enforce the international law on the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.

Nowadays conditions with the absence of any political progress and while around 2100 Palestinian political prisoners are on hunger strike for the last 28 days, some of which have lasted 77 days, all the peace loving forces are asked to be united to place Israel as the party responsible for the Nakba and the prisoners situation under all means of legal, ethical and economic measures to comply with the international Law and declarations.

You are all asked to act within your context with your governments calling for implementation the unalienable right of return of the Palestinian refugees, to show respect and accountability to the international law.

Your actions of solidarity are needed

Joint Advocacy Initiative


Call for action: Israeli military order against a Staff member of the EJ YMCA

Category: Calls & Statements
Created: 06 February 2012

Rasim6th, February 2012

Israeli military order against a Staff member of the East Jerusalem YMCA Rehabilitation program in Beit Sahour

On Tuesday the 31st of January 2012, an Israeli security official called Rasim Obeidat, a senior staff of the East Jerusalem YMCA Rehabilitation Program in Beit Sahour to the security headquarters in Jerusalem and handed him a military order preventing him from entering the occupied territories of West Bank areas for six months! Rasim was also given a map showing places in East Jerusalem that he can access!

The order was issued by Avi Mizrahi, the head of the Israeli Occupation forces in the West Bank, who claims that Rasim is a threat to "the National Security of Israel".

In Addition to violating the human right of Rasim to free movement, this Military order will seriously affect the work of the EJ YMCA Rehabilitation program in Beit Sahour, especially that he runs the Human Resource department of the Rehabilitation Program.

Rasim stated that, besides affecting his job and consequently his family living conditions, this unjust order violates his basic human rights that international conventions secure. .

The East Jerusalem of YMCA Rehabilitation Program and the Joint Advocacy Initiative call you, our partners and friends around the world, as well as human rights organizations to take whatever measures protesting against this Israeli military order and exerting pressure on the Israeli government in order to cancel the order and stop such measures which violate the basic human rights.

Letter of protest against this Israeli measure could be sent to the Israeli Ambassador to your countries and to the Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak at:
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Dear friends and supporters,

First and foremost we at the JAI would like to thank you, on both our behalf and that of Mr. Rasim Obeidat, for your ardent support to his cause and the actions you’ve taken to show your solidarity with him.

We would like to let you know that Mr. Obeidat appealed his sentence at the higher court in Israel and received a modification for the military order. The map he was given was "adjusted" to include the route he follows to go to his work in Beit Sahour in the occupied West Bank. He is still prohibited however from having access to the rest of the West Bank and some parts of his city, East Jerusalem. Mr. Obeidat is sure that this modification came as a direct result of the pressure your protest letters and those of many others that were sent to the Israeli Minister of Defense and/or the Israeli ambassador in your respective countries.

His struggle is not over yet, as he is still deprived of his basic human right of freedom of movement, but one should always acknowledge the small steps toward success. He is currently in consultation with some legal advisers discussing the following steps of this process.

Thank you for your support.


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