APJP is re-launching this petition, in view of the proposal to begin the E1 plan at Mevaseret Adumim
Acting against international law, Israel continues to build illegal settlements on Palestinian territory. Israeli architects and planners have helped build settlements and towns on appropriated Palestinian land. Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine (APJP) assert that the actions of Israeli architects and planners
working in conjunction with this enterprise, are unethical, and contravene professional codes of conduct and UIA codes. It is time to challenge the IAUA and the Israeli government to end such projects. We have launched a petition to highlight 3 projects that typify the appropriation of Palestinian land aided by Israeli
architects and other design professionals:
The E1 Plan expands the largest illegal settlement, Ma’ale Adumim, to link it with metropolitan Jerusalem; it will dissect the northern and southern West Bank, destroying the possibility of a contiguous Palestinian state.
In Silwan 88 Palestinian homes are under threat of demolition. This is part of a development for ultra-religious Israeli settlers on illegally annexed Palestinian land.
Support the campaign to save Lifta, the ruins of a Palestinian village, from being converted into a development for wealthy American visitors, to the exclusion of the original Palestinian inhabitants, their heritage and memory.
We call on the Israeli Government, the Prime Minister, the Housing Ministry, the Ministry of Defence, the Jerusalem Municipality, and the Mayor of Jerusalem to halt these illegal plans that breach international law, UN resolutions, and the Geneva Conventions, and destroy the possibility of a viable Palestinian state, to which Israel has so often paid lip service, but is doing all it can to ensure never happens. We also call on the Israeli government to end all settlement expansion which is against international law and are serious breaches of the 4th Geneva Convention, and thus constitute a war crime.
We call on the Israeli Association of United Architects to adhere to UIA Codes of Conduct, and end the
participation of their members and fellow professionals in creating the ‘facts on the ground’ that obliterate the idea of a viable future Palestinian state.
We call on Israeli architects and planners to end their indifference and blindness to the political implications of their professional work and ethics. They should recognize their complicity in the injustices resulting from their participation in consolidating the Occupation, and the terrible suffering being inflicted on the Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank. We call on all parties to halt this illegal project forthwith , as required by the International Court of Justice in its ruling on the Wall in 1994.
We call on the high contracting parties of the Quartet to impose immediate sanctions on Israel if it pursues the development of E1 and all other settlement expansion throughout the occupied West Bank and E.Jerusalem.