ABNAA’ SUHMATA Association
Call to Protect the Village of Suhmata from further Israeli expropriations
We, the undersigned, endorse the appeal launched by ABNAA’ SUHMATA
Association regarding the demolished Palestinian Arab village of
Suhmata and reaffirm that the village’s lands belong to its Palestinian residents
who became refugees as a result of Israel’s policy of ethnic cleansing
and land confiscation.
a. We support ABNAA’ SUHMATA Association’s call for the restitution of
Suhmata village confiscated lands;
b. We reaffirm the right of return of all Palestinians to their homes
c. We insist on the implementation of Palestinian rights as enshrined
in the UN Resolution 194.
In 1948, residents of Suhmata were expelled and their lands were
subsequently confiscated. Two Israeli settlements have since built on
the village lands (Hosen and Tsuriel), and part of the town of Ma’alot and a
recreational lake are also located on the former village’s lands.
At the beginning of January 2008, the Israeli Northern District
Planning and Building Committee announced new plans to construct yet another new
neighborhood east of Ma’alot on Suhmata’s confiscated lands. The
neighborhood will consist of an estimated 3500 housing units,
annexing what remains of Suhmata’s lands.
We, the people of Suhmata, as part of the Palestinian people, are still
suffering from the results of the 1948 Nakba, 60 years after the Zionist
conquest of our lands.
We still live in exile or displaced within our own homeland. Consecutive
Israeli governments have stolen our property and homes, destroyed our
village and confiscated our lands by means of ethnically discriminatory
legislation and by consistently denying our right to return to our
We insist on the implementation of Palestinian rights as enshrined in
international law and UN Resolution 194, primary among these being
the right of return for all Palestinian refugees to their lands, homes, and
We call upon all honest people around the world to join ABNAA’ SUHMATA’s
campaign to struggle for the right of return for all Palestinians and to
protect Palestinian lands, including those of the Suhmata village, from
further Israeli expropriations.
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