To the Israeli and International Community
In the name of God the merciful and the compassionate, greetings.
March 8, 1998
BY the Christian Peacemaker
We, the family of Yussuf and Zuhoor al-Atrash have decided to rebuild our house that the Israeli military destroyed on March 3, 1998.
On Sunday, March 8, approximately 100 settlers and soldiers came to our land and said they would bomb any equipment we brought in to rebuild our home. They brought a bulldozer to take away the stones we had brought to rebuild our well. They said we must remove the tents we and our ten children have been living in since our home was destroyed.
We are asking for Israeli and international volunteers who love peace to come stay with us while we rebuild our home over the next several weeks. Our family is afraid that the settlers and soldiers will take revenge on us for rebuilding our home. We think that it would be especially helpful to have Israelis come and spend time with us as members of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron have.
Our home is south of Hebron in Qilqis on Al Sendas mountain. We have papers of ownership dating back to the time of the Ottoman Empire. Welcome.
Yussuf and Zuhoor Al-Atrash
Note: People who are interested in coming down to provide a protective Israeli and/or international presence for the Al Atrash family as they rebuild their home should contact the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron at the above e-mail address immediately. Because our team is small, we simply cannot provide a 24 hour presence at the Al Atrash family's home for more than a couple weeks. This is a wonderful opportunity to affirm and encourage nonviolent resistance to an extremely unjust policy.