We’ve reached 399 signatures: will your name be the one to push us over 400?

You can find the online version of our petition, asking the Israeli government to abandon plans to build a military college on the Mount of Olives here.

If you’ve already signed the petition, have a look at other ways in which you can act here.

The text of the petition is as follows:

Israeli Ministry of the Interior
We, the undersigned, are non-Israeli citizens who wish to voice our concerns at plans to build a military college on the Mount of Olives.For Christians, the Mount of Olives is an important place because the Garden of Gethsemane is at the base of the mountain. In scripture, it is also the place where Jesus ascended to heaven.

There has been a Jewish cemetery on the Mount for over 3,000 years. Many chose to be buried here as it is believed that the resurrection of the dead will begin here when the Messiah comes.

Within Islamic teaching, a thin bridge will connect the Mount of Olives and the Haram A-Sharif (the Dome of the Rock mosque) at the end of days.

This is one of the most disputed pieces of land in Jerusalem. In 1968, following the annexation of East Jerusalem to the state of Israel, the site was expropriated by the Israeli government. It now lies adjacent to the Palestinian neighbourhood of A-Suwane, close to the Israeli settlement of Beit Orot.

Hagit Ofran, an Israeli peace campaigner, said that ‘the location, at one of the most sensitive and disputed areas in Jerusalem, is a little more than provocative.’ A press release published by the Israeli Ministry of Interior said that other sites in Jerusalem were examined, but this was found to be “optimal.”

On the contrary, we fear that this development could be seen as a provocative act, taking Jerusalem yet further away from becoming a city of peace.

[Your name]

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