Sample letter to Canadian Members of Parliament
April xx, 2010
Dear [MP's name]:
I write to you as a deeply concerned member of The United Church of Canada who is shocked
and dismayed by recent news of Israeli actions against Palestinians in the West Bank.
A previously secret Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) Order took effect in the third week of April
2010. It classifies Palestinians in the West Bank who do not have documentation issued by the
local Israel Defence Forces commander as “infiltrators” in their own land.
The military order enables the IDF to deport tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West
Bank and prosecute them on charges of being infiltrators, which can result in long prison terms.
It targets thousands of Palestinians from Gaza who work and live in the West Bank, Palestinians
who have identification papers from neighbouring countries, and foreign women who are
married to Palestinians residing in the West Bank. The order may also be used to expel Israeli
and international human rights activists, including Canadians, from the West Bank.
As the Israeli military has hundreds of fixed and mobile checkpoints throughout the occupied
territory, it is impossible to travel any distance without being forced to go through military
As a person of faith, I urge you to support Canada's position for a just resolution to the conflict in
Israel and Palestine through the application of international law. Also, given Canada's repeated
and clear support for international human rights, I ask that you strongly oppose this major
violation that undermines constructive efforts for peace in the Middle East.
Sample letter in support of Take Action: Reverse Designation of West Bank Palestinians as “Infiltrators,”
April 2010. For more detail, see www.united-church.ca.