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An Academy Award won't stop these children from being deported but, together, we can.

Middle East Children's Alliance

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Dear Friend,

If you watched the Oscars on Sunday night you may remember the award for best short subject documentary, “Strangers No More.”

According to the film’s website, it’s about “an exceptional school where children from forty-eight different countries and diverse backgrounds come together to learn. Many of the students arrive... fleeing poverty, political adversity and even genocide.  Here, no child is a stranger.” (emphasis added)

This Sunday, the State of Israel plans to deport 400 children from the Tel Aviv community of migrant workers and refugees featured in this film.

Unless we ACT NOW.  All of us.

MECA staff are working around the clock to focus public attention on the threat these children face and bring pressure to bear on Israel to STOP THE DEPORTATION AT ONCE.

I’m asking you to make a special contribution now to place print and online ads in the Los Angeles Times and the English edition of the Israeli paper Haaretz calling on Israel to stop the deportation and grant the children and their families full civil and human rights.

The ads will be signed by writer and activist Alice Walker, Academy Award winner Debra Chasnoff and other high profile MECA supporters. With a gift of $100 or more, received by noon on Thursday, your name will be published, as well.

When the State of Israel was founded in 1948 it forced 750,000 Palestinians from their land and their homes. Today, Israel is destroying homes, neighborhoods and forcibly removing families from East Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley, and the Negev. Now, 400 children could be deported from Tel Aviv.  

An Academy Award won't stop these children frombeing deported but, toghether, we can.

Many thanks,
Barbara Lubin, Founder and Director

P.S. Please don't wait. We need to raise $22,744 in the next 72 hours and, with your help, I believe we can. Make the most generous contribution you can now to help stop this horrifying threat to 400 children.  Thank you.

More Information:

Israel Planning to Deport Star of Oscar Winning Doc "Strangers No More"

Israel Prepares to Deport Hundreds of Children

Draft text of the ad for the Los Angeles Times