Join with Avaaz to help protect the indigenous community in the village Bethany, Israel


What’s happening?

The hilltop village of Bethany in Israel, called Pope Mountain, is home to an indigenous community. Their land is about to be bulldozed to the ground along with their homes and their way of life being completely wiped out. The brave families of Pope Mountain are peacefully protesting by rising up against the bulldozers and non-violently “sitting-in” their homes. They are hoping that their act of courage will inspire people around the world to help stop the bulldozers before they crush them.

This can only happen if there is no media coverage of the crisis and so we can work with Avaaz to make sure we protect Pope Mountain and its indigenous community.

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change. The Avaaz community campaigns in 15 languages, served by a core team on 6 continents and thousands of volunteers. They take action — signing petitions, funding media campaigns and direct actions, emailing, calling and lobbying governments, and organizing “offline” protests and events — to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people inform the decisions that affect us all.

The Avaaz team plans on joining the community and projecting our names onto their homes — so when the military bulldozers come, they won’t just see a small village huddling in fear — they’ll see the world standing as a protective shield around the families of Pope Mountain.

Supporting Avaaz

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How you can help

Join with Avaaz add your name to the cause:

“As citizens from around the world, we want you to know that you are not alone. We stand with you and support your nonviolent sit-in to defend your homes, land and way of life. We call on all world leaders to demand that Prime Minister Netanyahu cancel all plans to destroy this community. We specifically call on the European Union and International Criminal Court to urgently make clear to the Israeli government that destroying this community crosses red lines and will have serious repercussions.”



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