J Street U’s Stop Demolitions Build Peace campaign (2017-2018) aimed to defend the two-state solution, oppose creeping annexation by the Israeli settlement movement and stand with vulnerable Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
SDBP enabled our movement to build coalitions with progressive groups across college campuses that stand against home demolitions. We held teach-ins and political educational events that raised awareness about the constant threat of demolitions facing Palestinian communities and how demolitions contribute to a larger reality of creeping annexation.
Throughout the campaign, J Street U organized support for a congressional letter which called on Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu to bring a halt to the ongoing demolition and evictions of Palestinian communities in the West Bank. The letter was sponsored by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Congressman John Yarmuth and was ultimately signed by 76 members of Congress.
In November 2017, our advocacy played a central role in bringing international attention to imminent demolition orders against the villages of Susya and Khan al-Ahmar. Before the month was over, ten senators signed a letter organized by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Bernie Sanders stating unequivocal opposition to the demolition of those villages.