Israel Knesset (Parliament)

“Save Our Building” is the name of the last-ditch campaign launched by students and supporters of the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Yitzhar. July 4, 2010 marks the demolition date for the yeshiva, a key Torah learning center located in Samaria, in the heartland of Israel.

According to a hotly contested order imposed by the Israel Defense Force’s Civil Administration, the 11-year-old building in the town of Yitzhar is not properly authorized, despite amply documented government authorization and funding for its construction.

Yeshiva staff, students and supporters, shocked by the May 9th demolition order, have mobilized to prevent the destruction, which many claim to be due to a policy adopted to punish area residents and students for conflicts with the IDF and for alleged acts of retribution against nearby Arab towns.

We, the undersigned, Jews and non-Jews alike, call on the Knesset (Parliament) of Israel to immediately enact legislation that will forbid the razing of any religious institution anywhere in the Land of Israel.

We furthermore call on the Minister of Defense, Ehud Barack to authorize, without any further delay, the legitimacy of the Ode Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the town of Yitzhar.

The Halt Threatened Yeshiva Destruction petition to Israel Knesset (Parliament) was written by Michael Heymann and is in the category Religion at GoPetition.