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Susya is a small Palestinian village in the West Bank, parts of which have been repeatedly demolished by the Israeli government. That threat emerged again this past summer, when the Israeli government withdrew from negotiations with the villagers about a long-term plan for Susya’s future. J Street has actively opposed Susya’s demolition and urged the State Department to ensure that it does not go forward.
In addition to leaving approximately 100 people homeless, Susya’s demolition would have broader implications for a two-state solution. Right now, the Israeli government is engaged in a process of “creeping annexation” of Area C of the West Bank, which, if successful, would be a significant stumbling block on the path to peace. The Israeli government accomplishes this in part by demolishing Palestinian villages to make way for more settlements. Moreover, Susya has become a symbol in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and its demolition would further undermine confidence in Israel’s commitment to peace.
That’s why the destruction of Susya would leave more than a village in shambles — and why we’re engaged in a campaign not just to save Susya, but to preserve the two-state solution. Following our call to action, the State Department made clear their opposition to Susya’s demolition. Shortly afterwards, Israel announced that the decision would be postponed. As we approach the deadline, we have to ensure that the US continues to put weight behind its longstanding opposition to settlement expansion and Palestinian dispossession by standing up for Susya.