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This just in on the Taayush list:
Dar ElHanoun is an Arab-Palestinian village within Israel that finds itself right now in a desperate state. Although the village is more than 80 years old, the Israeli authorities are refusing to recognize it, and have recently expressed their intention to demolish the whole village and remove its residents.
Dar ElHanoun urgently needs international solidarity with its struggle, and this is why we are sending this open letter.
We are Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel, activists of Taayush – Arab-Jewish Partnership. In the past 6 years we have been working closely with the residents of Dar ElHanoun for improving the living conditions in the village and struggling for their rights. The fruits of our efforts are now seriously threatened by the Israeli authorities.
In order to allow people outside Israel to help us and take part in our campaign, we have founded the International Committee for Dar El-Hanoun (ICDH).
We invite you to join our mailing list for Dar ElHanoun at:
By joining the mailing list you will get current information about how you can help an old Arab village in Israel in its struggle, learn more about the unrecognized Arab villages in Israel, and promote Arab-Jewish solidarity
Below please find more information about Dar ElHanoun and Taayush, together with information about how to make donations or other contributions to our campaign.
Thank you very much for your help,
International Committee for Dar El-Hanoun (ICDH)
Taayush – Arab-Jewish Partnership
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For many years we have been involved in a group of peace activists in Israel, Taayush – Arab-Jewish Partnership.
In Taayush we have constantly taken part in the struggle against the grave discrimination by the Israeli authorities against the Arab-Palestinian Israeli citizens who live in “unrecognized” villages. We think that the international community should become more aware of the disgraceful situation of these villages. Tens of thousands of Arab citizens of Israel live in such villages, without having access to basic facilities, including electricity, telephone, transportation, health or education systems.
One of those villages is Dar ElHanoun, an old Arab village in Wadi Ara, in the heart of the State of Israel.
Dar ElHanoun dates back to the 1920s and its residents are Israeli citizens who legally own their lands. However, Dar ElHanoun is not recognized by the State of Israel. As a result, the village has no paved road leading to it, no electricity and telephone connection, no health, education or post services. Against most of the houses of the village there are demolition orders pending.
The Israeli authorities are now openly calling for the eviction of Dar ElHanoun and the demolition of its houses.
As part of our activities, in August 2001 we had a big voluntary work camp in Dar ElHanoun. In this camp we worked together, Arabs and Jews, to pave some 100 meters of the access route to the village, previously a dirt track, as well as the village square. We cleared the remains of three houses demolished since 1997 and constructed a children’s playground. For more details and photos see link below.
The residents of Dar ElHanoun are determined not to give in. They have decided to remain on their land and keep the struggle until their full rights are recognized.
After years of struggling with the residents of the village, and a constant failure of the Israeli government to recognize the mere existence of Dar ElHanoun, we have decided to launch an international campaign.
On 5 May 2007 we held a demo near Dar ElHanoun (see link below). Following the demo, and as a first step in the international campaign, we are inaugurating the International Committee for Dar ElHanoun (ICDH – see link below).
At this stage you would help us enormously if you could subscribe to our mailing list at:
By subscribing to the mailing list you will get up-to-date information about the situation in Dar El-Hanoun, and on what you could do to help us. Joining the list is simple and quick.
Your email address and your details will be kept confidential. Traffic is expected to be reasonably low, and you can unsubscribe from the list at any time if you so choose.
Please visit our website (link below) and join our mailing list.
What else can you do to help?
1. Let your friends know about Dar ElHanoun and the unrecognized Arab villages in Israel:
* Send this email, or a another message with a link to our site, in a wide distribution.
* Add a link to our website in relevant sites.
* Distribute copies of the leaflet that you’ll find in our web site.
Our website is http://www.geocities.com/dar_elhanoun/icdh.html
2. Send a donation to Taayush for helping the legal and public campaign of Dar ElHanoun.
Checks drawn to “Taayush-North” can be sent to:
POB 45896, Haifa, Israel
Please mention “Dar ElHanoun” in a cover letter.
Notify our moderator (firstname.lastname@example.org) about your donation, or for
further questions about tax-free donations.
3. Send a protest letter to the Israeli Ministry of the Interior, with a copy to your nearby Israeli embassy or consulate. You can find an example for such a letter in our site.
Address for sending letters:
Mr. R. Bar-On
Minister of the Interior
Kaplan St. 2
4. In case you are in Israel, please accept this as an open invitation to visit Dar ElHanoun, in a beautiful area of Wadi Ara watching over the Hadera coastline. Please coordinate a visit by sending an email to our moderator.
For more details – see our webpage:
Thank you so much for your help,
International Committee for Dar El-Hanoun (ICDH)