Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Working to Save Kindergarten(130 students)

April 20, 2009
Dear Michael Darner, Foreign Policy Aide to Rep. Conyers,
I talked with Rep Conyers last night and he took my flyer and had me write your name at the top of it. I told him that you were working on getting a letter signed by the MI Congressional Delegation that would go to the US State Dept and to the Israeli Embassy concerning the village of Al Aqaba and its 130 student kindergarten. I also gave a flyer to Rep. Maxine Waters, 35th District Rep from CA, who was the keynote speaker at the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Dinner last night. She briefly talked about the human rights of the Palestinians along with many other human rights violations that are occuring around the world. She encouraged us to be courageous in standing up for human rights everywhere.

Last night the Youth Award went to Lydia Wylie-Kellerman who just came back from Palestine. She said that the award really belongs to the Palestinian children she met there. They are the courageous ones who live daily under fearful conditions.

It is important that the demolition orders against this village and its kindergarten be lifted as the village lives under the fear that the bulldozers can come at any moment. We must ACT!


Mares Hirchert
2641 Sun Terrace
Hartland, MI 48353

Melissa K from Sen Stabenow's office called me on 4-17-09 and said that Senator Stabenow's office had talked with the Congressional Liason to the US State Dept a couple days ago and that the US Consulate General in Jerusalem and the Embassy in Tel Aviv as well as the High Court of Justice are well aware of our concern about this village and its kindergarten.

Mike K from Sen Levin's office is very knowledgeable about this, too, and mentioned that he was going to contact the US State Dept in writing as well but I have not received anything in writing that this has occured. We had a good meeting with Mike on Feb 3rd in Levin's Wash DC office.

Paul Drury from Rep. Mike Rogers 8th District wrote that he sent a communication to the US State Dept but so far Paul has not written that he has received a reply. I live in the 8th Dist. and we had a good meeting with Paul on Feb 4th in Rogers' Wash DC office.

**April 25, 2009 Pax Christi Michigan is holding its 28th Annual State Conference at Marygrove College in Detroit. The Rebuilding Alliance will be gathering more petitions/postcards to ask Congress to ask the State Dept and the President to ACT on behalf of this Palestinian village and its kindergarteners. The Mayor of Al Aqaba and the children are doing their part, we need to help them!

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people. --Howard Zinn

The most important question in the world is, 'Why is the child crying?'--Alice Walker

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