Public Witness

Help Stop Home Demolitions

Allison Tanner

June 28, 2023

Bedouin village Umm El Khair

Dear Lakeshore,
This week I shared with many of you reflections from my recent trip to Palestine, including photos of the Bedouin village of Umm El Khair. I mentioned that several homes in Umm El Khair (1/3 of the village) just received word that their homes would be destroyed by July 7. You can read a heartbreaking account of this from one of their residents.
A member of Kehilla Community Synagogue, with whom we partner on immigration work, has reached out to ask if we could make phone calls and send emails to our elected officials asking to stop these demolitions. (Kehilla has had a relationship with Umm El Khair for a few years now.) Below is a sample script you can use, as well as contact information. I urge you to join me in making these calls and sending emails.
Pastor Allison

Please call and email your Senators and your Congress Member right away. Ask to speak to the staff member who works on foreign affairs and leave a voicemail if needed. Then follow-up with an email to the individual you talk to or leave a message for. 

Suggested message:

I am a constituent and a member of Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church. My pastor just visited the Bedouin village called Umm al-Khair, which is in the Massafar Yatta area of the Occupied West Bank. Many in their community have just been notified that their home will be unjustly destroyed in the next 2 weeks. PLEASE ask the Senator/Congressmen to contact both the US State Department and the Israeli embassy to demand that my friends’ homes not be destroyed for no good reason.

They MUST hear this from as many people as possible. Every call counts!

If you would like some assistance in taking this action, please let me know. I’d be happy to help you. After you make your three calls and emails, please take a few seconds to log your contact here so Kehilla knows how many folks are taking action, and of Lakeshores participation in this urgent request.


Senator Diane Feinstein

Staff Robert Levinson, (202) 224.3841

Senator Alex Padilla

Staff:  Jose JJ Villalvazo, 202.224.3553

Emily Latimer 202.224.3553

Sydney Olay 202.2243553


Rep. Mark DeSaulnier

Staff, Sarah Jackson, (202) 225-2095

Rep. Anna Eshoo

Staff Andrew Cohen, 202.225.8104

Rep. John Garamendi

Staff Rob Hurd, 202.225.1880

Rep. Jared Huffman

Staff, Alysa Buckler, (202) 225-5161

Rep. Barbara Lee

Staff, Greg Adams,, (202) 225-2661

Rep. Nancy Pelosi

Staff McKenzie Fields, (202)-225-4965


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