Dr. Jeff Halper Co-founder and Director
Dr. Jeff Halper is the Co-founder and Director of ICAHD, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. He was born in 1946 in Minnesota and emigrated to Israel in 1973. Since then he has been a tireless advocate for justice and civil rights for all Israelis and Palestinians. He spent ten years as a community worker in Jerusalem aiding low-income Mizrahi families. He co-founded ICAHD in 1997 to help resist Israel’s strategy of house demolitions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. He is the author of three books, ‘Between Redemption and Revival: The Jewish Yishuv in Jerusalem in the Nineteenth Century’, ‘An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Possession, Redeeming Israel’, and ‘Obstacles to Peace: A reframing of the Palestinian – Israeli Conflict’. In 2006 Dr. Halper was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, citing ICAHD’s work “to liberate both the Palestinian and the Israeli people from the yoke of structural violence” and “to build equality between their people by recognizing and celebrating their common humanity.”
Ruth Edmonds is a British Israeli activist, researcher and fundraiser who has lived in the region on and off for 16 years. Originally involved in the struggle in Bart’a against the Separation Wall in 2003 and is active with ‘Anarchists Against the Wall’ and ‘Boycott From Within’. In the past she has held different roles in various organisations from the Alternative Information Center and Ma’an Development Agency, to photography collective ActiveStills and New Profile. Ruth began work as a tour guide for ICAHD at the beginning of 2012 and is currently Head Advocacy Officer and operations manager for ICAHD.