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Swiss Federal Dpt Press Release re: House Demolitions
November 16, 2008
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland
The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is deeply concerned about the destruction of houses belonging to Palestinian families in East Jerusalem. It demands that the Israeli governme . . .
A Bone in America's Throat
November 10, 2008
Jeff Halper
Even before the voting began, Israeli politicians and pundits were asking: Will an Obama Administration be good for Israel? “Be good for Israel” is our code for “Will the US allow us to keep our s . . .
Switzerland: Israel breaking int'l law by razing Palestinian homes
November 14, 2008
Switzerland accused Israel on Thursday of wantonly destroying Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem and near Ramallah in violation of the Geneva Conventions' rules on military occupation.

T . . .
August 11, 2008
Dr. Meir Margalit
The demolition order against buildings in Anata, north Jerusalem, which for the past 80 years has been home to the Jadua-Kabua clan, a branch of the Jahlin tribe, could have been yet another, stan . . .
With the Media focused on the U.S. elections, Israel steps up Home Demolitions in Occupied East Jerusalem
November 8, 2008

Palestine Liberation Organization
Negotiations Affairs Department
Ramallah, occupied Palestinian territory

This morning, Chief Palestinian Negotiator Dr. S . . .
Five more demolitions in East Jerusalem
November 6, 2008
Yesterday the Municipality of Jerusalem demolished four houses and one banquet hall in Shuafat and Silwan. The period during Ramadan and the High Holidays was very quiet in the city with the large . . .
The Palestinians: Warehousing a “Surplus People”
September 14, 2008
Jeff Halper
So rapid is the pace of systemic change in that indivisible entity known as Palestine/Israel that it almost defies our ability to keep up with it. The deliberate and systematic campaign of driving . . .
Mayoral candidate backs large new settlement in East Jerusalem
October 28, 2008
Jonathan Lis
Nir Barkat, the leading non-Orthodox candidate for mayor of Jerusalem, backs the establishment of a controversial new Jewish neighborhood near the village of Anata, at the foot of the French Hill . . .
Police detain Israeli for entering Gaza in blockade-busting boat
August 27, 2008
By Ofri Ilani, Haaretz Correspondent and Reuters
Police on Tuesday detained an Israeli activist who had sailed to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip to challenge Israel's blockade of the coastal region.

They accused Jeff Halper, who also holds . . .
End of an Odyssey
September 1, 2008
Jeff Halper
Now, a few days after my release from jail in the wake of my trip to Gaza, I’m posting a few notes to sum things up.

First, the mission of the Free Gaza Movement to break the Israeli sie . . .
Haniyeh: Arrival of blockade-busting boats spells end of Gaza siege
August 24, 2008
By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent and The Associated Press
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Saturday welcomed two boats that sailed from Cyprus to the Gaza Strip in efforts to break the Israeli-imposed blockade on the Palestinian territory, saying that the . . .
Israeli prof. joins 40 activists sailing to Gaza
August 11, 2008
Ofri Ilani (Haaretz)
Like many Israelis in the summer months, Prof. Jeff Halper departed for Cyprus last week from Ben-Gurion International Airport. However, Halper, a veteran left-wing activist from Jerusalem, will n . . .
ICAHD Building Camp 2008: Day 14 the closing ceremony
September 24, 2008

Today has been a study in extremes, with devastation followed by two small victories. In the space of only eight hours, I witnessed five Palestinian families being forced from their homes by . . .
ICAHD Building Camp 2008: Day 13
September 24, 2008

The end of the summer camp now in sight and amongst the international participants, it is evident that mixed emotions are being shared. There is the growing sense of accomplishment over the h . . .
ICAHD Building Camp 2008: Day 11
September 24, 2008
ICAHD Volunteers
Today was overflowing with activity. The work on the big house continued at a steady pace, and I have learned that chains of volunteers are critical to efficiency when there are few labor-saving m . . .
ICAHD Building Camp 2008: Day 10
September 24, 2008
ICAHD Volunteers

Visit to the Negev desert and the Bedouins.

The desert is no longer the desert as we could clearly see as we arrived the Negev area. Most of the former Bedouin land has now turned i . . .
ICAHD Building Camp 2008: Day 8
September 24, 2008

Now that the Taher family has moved into their new house, there is still plenty of work to be done on the other house we are rebuilding. The family who will move into the house next week, the . . .
ICAHD Building Camp 2008: Day 7
September 24, 2008
ICAHD Volunteers

Today, after seven days of building, the Taher family were handed the keys to their new house. Due to the effort and commitment of all the volunteers of the Summer Camp and the local workers, . . .
ICAHD Building Camp 2008: Day 6
July 25, 2008

As activism is often a balance between theory and praxis – today we explored the latter with a tour of Ramle and Lod, two towns just outside of Tel Aviv that are mixed communities of Palestin . . .
ICAHD Building Camp 2008: Day 5
July 25, 2008

Today started off a little slow as a large contingent of the camp, led by our Spanish delegation, danced the night away after last night’s presentation in Jerusalem. Once everyone woke, some . . .
ICAHD Building Camp 2008: Day 4
July 25, 2008

A new day…we start the day working on the reconstruction of the houses demolished by the Israeli Army. During the morning we work and after, the Spanish delegation guided by Meir, are shown . . .
ICAHD Building Camp 2008: Day 3
July 19, 2008
Summer Camp Participant: A.B.

Every morning around 4 am, the Muslim call to prayer resounds throughout the Anata valley from a mosque nearby Beit Arabeia. Though I tend to awaken upon hearing this call, what really g . . .
ICAHD Building Camp 2008: Day 2
July 18, 2008
Summer Camp Participant: M.C.

This morning our team of international workers- Spanish, British, American, Italian, Dutch and Finnish-walked through the outskirts of Anata to our worksite. We are building a temporary . . .
ICAHD Building Camp 2008: Day 1
July 18, 2008
Jeff Halper

Today, July 15, ICAHD opened its 2008 summer rebuilding camp in Anata. The past five annual work camps have been funded by private donors . . .
Policy Change Towards House Demolitions Will Increase Operating Budget
July 17, 2008
There has been a worrying change in the Jerusalem municipality's policy toward house demolitions. It has begun issuing notices to residents of homes scheduled to be demolished telling them that th . . .
From July 15th to July 28th, ICAHD will host its fifth annual summer work camp in Anata
July 7, 2008
From July 15th to July 28th, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) will host its sixth annual summer work camp in Anata. This year, we will rebuild the home of the Elayyan famil . . .
884 New Settlement Units, 10 New Home Demolitions
June 3, 2008
Palestine News Network
Bethlehem / Najib Farrag - After last week’s announcement to destroy a dozen Bethlehem and Hebron homes, water tanks and places of business, Israeli forces just dolled out 10 more demolition orde . . .
Settlers, Archaeologists and Dispossession in Silwan - Archaeologists for Hire
June 3, 2008
Yigal Bronner - Counterpunch
In the early 1990s, a settler organization by the name of Elad (a Hebrew acronym for: To the City of David) began to plot its takeover of Silwan, a densely populated Palestinian neighborhood locat . . .
Rethinking Israel After Sixty Years
May 19, 2008
Jeff Halper
Israeli Independence Day 2008, marking the sixtieth anniversary of the rise of the Jewish State, should be cause for sober reflection and reevaluation as well as celebration. Indeed, we Israeli Je . . .
Jeff Halper Launches His New Book in the UK
May 24, 2008
ICAHD Office
If you are in the UK, you are invited to hear Prof. Jeff Halper, Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), at venues around the country for the launch of his new book, “ . . .
Jeff Halper in Italy & Amsterdam
May 12, 2008
Jeff Halper
Jeff Halper, ICAHD's Director-Coordinator, continues his six-month advocacy campaign (with short home visits). He was just in the US where, among other things, he convened a meeting of 22 "strateg . . .
Born to Demolish
April 11, 2008
Jeff Halper
It was another of those routine tragedies that are never publicized. At eight in the morning we at ICAHD (the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions) received a call that the Border Police, I . . .
More Israeli Repression - Another Day of Home Demolitions
April 14, 2008
Fred Schlomka
Yunis Sbeih, his wife and eight children had lived in their home for four years in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Anata. This morning while Mr. Sbeih was consulting with his lawyer about a hom . . .
A True Housing Crisis
May 28, 2008
Seth Freedman (Guardian)
My last article about the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) was a mea culpa, in which I spent the bulk of the piece atoning for my former condemnation of the group and their work . . .
Israeli & Palestinian Activists Rebuild Demolished Homes
April 14, 2008
Fred Schlomka
On 12th April over 40 Israeli activists from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv arrived in a West Bank village for a day of solidarity and work with Palestinians. Two homes destroyed by the Israeli government . . .
Hamdan Family Home Demolished - ICAHD Resists
April 11, 2008
Karin Laub, Virginia Paradinas, & ICAHD staff
During the Summer 2007, International volunteers, together with Israelis and Palestinians, rebuilt the home of the Hamdan Family in East Jerusalem which had been demolished for lack of a permit. O . . .
Al-Haq’s Documentary, "In the Spider’s Web"
March 13, 2008
Directed by Hannah Musleh
In the Spider's Web is a total of 47-minute long documentary produced in 2004 by Al-Haq and directed by Hannah Musleh. The film is part of Al-Haq's campaign to stop collective punishment practiced . . .
ICAHD Launches New Web Site -
March 12, 2008
Jeff Halper
On November 27, 2007, amidst great fanfare (accompanied by a "lowering of expectations"), the United States and Israel - with the Palestinians, the Europeans, the Russians and the UN pulled in by . . .
ICAHD volunteers rebuild Bedouin Bridge
February 17, 2008
Fred Schlomka
ICAHD’s Constructing Peace Campaign recently rebuilt a bridge for Bedouin villagers of Ramadin in the South Hebron Hills. The bridge had been destroyed by the IDF as part of the Israeli government . . .
JNF Signs Will Mention destroyed Palestinian Villages
February 4, 2008
Yoav Stern (Haaretz Feb. 3rd, 2008)
Following numerous requests on behalf of Zochrot organization, the Jewish National Found (KKL-JNF) obligated itself to change the wording on all signs detailing history of an area, in a way that w . . .
Umm al-Fahm turns out lights, Israelis rally against Gaza siege
January 27, 2008
Jack Khoury and Mijal Grinberg, Haaretz Correspondents
The Israeli-Arab town of Umm al-Fahm shut off its electricity for one hour on Saturday night in an intentional blackout, and a torch-lit march was held in solidarity with the residents of the Gaza . . .
Beit Ommar under siege
January 27, 2008
Eighteen year old Mohammed Awwad was killed on Friday in the West Bank’s Beit Ommar by Israeli forces. At least 10 others were wounded throughout the day. Among them was Palestine Solidarity Proje . . .
A Generous Offer to the Palestinian Refugees?
January 21, 2008
Neta Golan
Anyone familiar with Israeli politics, was not surprised that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert did not acknowledge Israel's occupation in his speech at Annapolis. What was surprising was, that, . . .
End the Siege - Relief Convoy to Gaza
January 21, 2008
ICAHD staff
Gaza is under siege! Hundreds of commodities needed for maintaining daily life are not allowed into the Strip, by order of the Government of Israel. Even the entry of water filters - vital for pur . . .
The Fading of the Two-State Solution
January 18, 2008
Yacov Ben Efrat (reprinted from Challenge Magazine)
After returning from the Annapolis Conference, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Haaretz (November 28, 2007) that "the State of Israel cannot endure unless a Palestinian state comes into bei . . .
January 21, 2008
Jewish Peace News
As most of you already know, this is a time of tremendous humanitarian and medical crisis for the 1.5 million Palestinian inhabitants of the Gaza Strip. A group of Israeli organizations is plannin . . .
Bush Peace Hallucinations Continue
January 10, 2008
Sam Bahour
U.S. President George Bush landed in Israel yesterday on his first Presidential trip to the country. He participated in a press conference in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in . . .
Israel's Quiet War
January 5, 2008
Fred Schlomka
While Ehud Olmert and Abu Mazen were wheeling and dealing at Annapolis, several Israeli government ministries and security agencies were deploying their combined resources in a massive operation a . . .
December 14, 2007
ICAHD staff
Annually since 2003, ICAHD has made it possible for international and Israeli activists/volunteers to join together with the local Palestinian community to rebuild the home of a Palestinian family . . .
“Holiday Greetings” – Massive Home Demolitions in the Israeli Negev.
December 12, 2007
Yeela Raanan, RCUV
Yesterday, the seventh day of Hannuka and the second day of the fast before the Moslem holiday of El Adha, Israeli police accompanied bulldozers in a horrific day of demolitions in the unrecognize . . .
The Har Homa Test
December 10, 2007
Akiva Eldar (Haaretz)
It is difficult to think of a place more suitable than Har Homa for holding the first test in the spirit of Annapolis. The comparison between Har Homa Crisis No. 2 and the development of Har Homa . . .
When the Roadmap is a One Way Street
December 1, 2007
Jeff Halper
One may well think that the struggle inside the Jewish community of Israel is between those of the political right, who want to maintain the settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank so as t . . .
The Annapolis Conference in the Shadow of the One State Reality
December 4, 2007
ICAHD staff

On 28 November 2007, Meron Benvenisti presented a lecture in West Jerusalem at the mo . . .

Coming to terms with the right of return
November 27, 2007
Tom Pessah
Damn it, those neighbors!

It’s a hot and humid August in Tel Aviv, and I have no wish to leave my old room in my parents’ house. During two years of studying in the States I had forgotten . . .
The Occupation on Our Heads - ICAHD exhibit
November 5, 2007
icahd staff
ICAHD held an opening ceremony for the new exhibit on Saturday 3rd November documenting the traumas and struggles of the Shawamreh family who have had their home demolished four times. Since Israe . . .
Whose Road Map
November 8, 2007
Jeff Halper - Jerusalem Post
As did his pronouncements last August in Jericho, where Prime Minister Ehud Olmert indicated a willingness to withdraw from an area equivalent to 100% of the occupied territories, his latest decla . . .
Facts on the Ground
November 6, 2007
Scott Kennedy - AFSC
There are few conflicts layered with so much mythology or governed by such contradictory narratives as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. People who have not chosen to study the conflict or are not . . .
40 Years of House Demolitions
October 24, 2007
On June 10th 1967, the Israeli government demolished the Moroccan Quarter in the Old City of East Jerusalem to make easier public access to the Western Wall. After the Israeli army called on the i . . .
Jahalin Bedouin Refugees - Nowhere Left to Go
October 28, 2007
New ICAHD Publication - Edited by Angela Godfrey-Goldstein
Download 50-page booklet (6MB pdf file).
Over the past few months, Jahalin Bedouin have remai . . .
Jerusalem Dispossessed - a Photography Exhibit by ActiveStills
October 19, 2007
An exhibition by the photographers' collective ActiveStills, documenting the dispossession of indigenous Palestinians from their native city, Jerusalem, amid rapid expansion of Israeli settlements . . .
Demolition Statistics Since 1967
October 11, 2007
Jeff Halper
These are figures for Palestinian homes. If approximately 120,000 Druze and Arabs were expelled from the Syria Golan Heights in 1967 and their villages (134 in number) were completely demolished, . . .
Collective Punishment in Gaza
September 25, 2007
El Mezan Center for Human Rights
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) escalated its aggression against the Gaza Strip where it killed four Palestinians, including a minor who was crashed by bulldozer. Seven Palestinians were also . . .
PRESS RELEASE - 18,000 Homes Campaign
October 11, 2007
ICAHD staff
For immediate release.
ICAHD, The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions has launched a new web page, designed to bring home the enormity of Israel’s house demolition policy. Delivering . . .
Who Needs the JNF ?
September 24, 2007
Haaretz Editorial
Tomorrow the High Court of Justice will hear a petition against the Jewish National Fund (JNF) from Arab citizens who have been barred from acquiring land in Carmiel, because the JNF does not leas . . .

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