Below you can find a proposal for a letter:
Dear (insert name here),
I am writing to you regarding the situation of Al-Nu’eman (also known as Khirbet Mazmuriya), a tiny Arab village of 200 inhabitants between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. In 1967 Israel annexed its land to the Jerusalem Municipality while the residents were issued West Bank residency. Since the erection of the Separation Wall in 2004, this irregularity has turned their lives into a nightmare—they are trapped between Jerusalem, which they are prohibited from entering because they are West Bank residents, and the separation wall, which severs them from the rest of the West Bank (because their homes were annexed into Jerusalem).
The village's only connection to the outside world is a checkpoint into the West Bank on the edge of their land through which only Al-Nu’eman residents are permitted to enter or exit. The Jerusalem Municipality does not provide services to the village and no service providers from the West Bank are allowed in, leaving the village in a precarious situation where even basics such as gas, electricity and running water are endangered. Under these conditions, the village will not be able to survive.
On October 1, 2007, the Israeli High Court will revisit this situation. On this date, the villagers will once again request that they either be allowed free access to the West Bank or to Israel – but not to stay in this isolated situation where they currently reside.
As my elected representative, I urge you to ask the Foreign Affairs Ministry / State Department to ask Israel to resolve this situation.
For further information please see http://al-nueman.tripod.com
(your name here)
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