There were some UK participants on the 2010 Rebuilding Camp happening now in Anata, Jerusalem. Days were hot and work was hard, but people found the camp a life-changing experience.
Below are some impressions from the first days of the camp from three participants.
This is shocking, disturbing and exhilarating. As I’m learning more about house demolitions and the causes of this I realise the complexity of the situation, but also its simplcity – Israel wanting more land and less people. I’m looking forward to the rest of the camp – great people and a great experience.
Spending seven hours a day working amidst the rubble of a family’s demolished home – amidst the wreckage of their lives – has truly brought home to me the devastating and very real trauma and violence inflicted on and suffered by Palestinians under the ongoing occupation. And yet amidst all this, a powerful, positive image of resistance and hope for the future is beginning to emerge and growing day by day with the hard work of everyone at the camp.
Its been a pretty cool few days so far – everyone is getting along nicely and the house is looking quite a bit like a house. I dont think Ive ever felt the sun so hot, or worked quite as hard as when I was mixing cement today, but it feels good, it feels as though we are making a difference even if this is just one house amongst the hundreds that tumble each year…