MECA staff sent out an email message and — thanks to the response of dozens of people — the rebuilding has already begun! But it can only continue with your help, again, now.
I want to tell you more about my visit to Silwan the day after the demolition, but first, I ask you to please, do two simple but crucial things now:
- Sign a letter to Israeli officials letting them know that you are concerned about the plight of children in Silwan and oppose the destruction of an important community space
- Make a donation to help the community rebuild in time for their Mothers’ Day celebration on March 21, 2012. (Mother’s Day in the Arab World)
Even amidst the wreckage of the café, children gathered for a game of soccer while adults sorted through the rubble to salvage materials. The community has already begun work to rebuild the cultural café. With your help, they will complete it in time for aMothers’ Day celebration on March 21.
But I always get a taste of the resilience of the community on these visits too. Families fighting in the Israeli courts to keep their homes. Children performing at concerts for their families and friends. Women learning the traditional art of mosaic-making.
Please, stand with the brave and determined people of Silwan bysending your letter of protest and making the most generous contribution you can afford today.
You support mean so much to people who are struggling every day to protect their children, their homes and their land.