More than 300 US Jewish clerics, from various religious backgrounds, signed a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday asking him not to demolish houses in a West Bank village, the Times of Israel reports.
“The village of Susya, like its counterparts throughout Area C of the West Bank, has consistently had its applications for building permits denied,” said the letter, organised by J Street, referring to the area of the West Bank under full Israeli control.
“We are taught in the Torah that there must be one law for all, yet the settlers living alongside Susya are allowed to participate in the planning and development of their own communities,” it continued.
The letter was signed by 315 Jews from Orthodox, Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist clergies, according to J Street, the liberal Middle East policy group that initiated the letter.
The letter comes as Israel attempts to expand its settlements. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced last year there will be a further 2,270 housing units in the West Bank, 30 of them planned to be in Susya.