Visiting Dahmash, within the state of Israel

Posted July 30, 2015, by & filed under Don't Say You Did Not Know, House Demolitions, House Demolitions, Personal Experiences, Summer Camps.

Internationals here for ICAHD’s annual rebuilding camp heard another sad story when they visited Dahmash, an area located between Lod and Ramle within Israel. “The situation here is no different to that in the Occupied Palestine Territory,” said Arafat Ishmael, head of the Lod Popular Resistance Committee, when he described the racist policies that they… Read more »

The effects of house demolitions on the family

Posted July 28, 2015, by & filed under Don't Say You Did Not Know, House Demolitions, House Rebuilding, Personal Experiences, Summer Camps.

One of the many ways in which the Israeli government controls the Palestinian population – alongside the Separation Wall, water shortages, the appropriation of Palestinian land and the segregation of Palestinians living in different occupied areas – is through house demolition. Approximately 46,000 Palestinian homes have been demolished since 1967 in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and around 52,000 within the… Read more »

Save Susya from demolition

Posted July 27, 2015, by & filed under Beduin, House Demolitions, Summer Camps.

With all the attention about the imminent threat of demolition of the village of Susiya that would result in the displacement of the residents, it was important for the ICAHD camp participants to travel to the South Hebron Hills to demonstrate our solidarity with the village. We arrived early in the morning and were welcomed… Read more »

The building so far…

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More than half way through the building camp and we are slightly ahead of schedule. The building so far… Unlike in previous years, this house has not been built on the footprint of a demolished house. The family’s house was demolished, but they are able to reconstruct the house in a different location. When the… Read more »

Political tour of the Jordan Valley

Posted July 26, 2015, by & filed under Beduin, House Rebuilding, Summer Camps.

Today we worked on constructing a large tent for a Bedouin community in the Jordan Valley area of Ain Sultan. Prior to that we toured the Jordan Valley with one of ICAHD’s political tour guides, Chaska. The hot and harsh yet beautiful landscape hides extremely ugly human rights abuses in plain sight. The Jordan Valley… Read more »

Contradictions and complexities

Posted July 23, 2015, by & filed under Summer Camps.

ICAHD’s 13th rebuilding camp is now underway and 20 volunteers from around the world have come together to help build a Palestinian family home that has been demolished. After our first few days of analysis and travelling around within Israel and Palestine, someone today described our rebuilding as being “a kind of therapy for everything… Read more »

A full days rebuilding

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Today we have spent the entire day building so have returned home to camp all happily covered in dust, sweat and cement. After collecting boulders from nearby rubble-sites, we started to lay the dry-stone walls, which will line the front of the land, under the guidance of master-craftsman Riad. We also built up internal partition… Read more »