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2018

ICAHD CAMP: October 2018 – Back From Palestine, Participants Reflections

21 volunteers took part in the camp: One from the US, three Germans, Five from Finland, One Italian, One Australian and ten British. We are grateful for their hard work and solidarity, and for enduring the physical hardship and emotional pain. Their engagement gives us all some hope. Read more...

2015

Report of the Summer Rebuilding Camp 2015

This house rebuilding project,the 12th such camp carried out by ICAHD, ran from July 19th – August 3rd 2015. Twenty international volunteers from Finland, USA, Germany, UK, Australia supported by Palestinian and Israeli activists with a Palestinian team of professional builders, created a four-room house, now the home of the Fhadad family, who had previously been forced to demolish their own home by the Israeli authorities. Read more...

Read reports on visits to Al Haq, to Rammalah and Taybeh and to Hebron and Deheisheh during the camp.

Some reflections by 11 participants on the tour may be read here while more detailed reports on their experiences are available from Laurie and from first time participant Erik

The camp was covered by Maan News, who wrote, 'On a small stage, a group of twenty foreign activists claps and sings about rebuilding and resistance. At the end of the song, a key is handed to a Palestinian man, Hajaj Fhadad. Soon after, Fhadad’s extended family of 11 children and two other adults start carrying their furniture into a house that did not exist two weeks ago. Read more...

Further reports on the camp may be read via these links:

2013

ICAHD International Building Camp (2013)

Read about the recently completed 2013 ICAHD Summer Camp for the sixth rebuilding of this iconic house with its “interesting” history of oscillating fortunes, a biography bound up for a decade and a half now with the non-violent Palestinian struggle. Read more...

Demolishing Daily Life and other stories – Summer Camp blogs (2013)

The Ongoing Legacy of the Oslo Accords: Demolishing Daily Life for Palestinians. Day Four was spent excavating and constructing at Beit Arabiya. Whilst human chains shifted buckets of rubble and dirt away from the ruins, our contingent from Finland collected rocks in the field next door to build a demarcation wall. Work also began on another wall that will be comprised of 28,000 small mosaic pieces in order to commemorate the number of homes demolished in the OPT since 1967. Read more...

2012

ICAHD CAMP MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Rebuilds Home Demolished Five Times

Beit Arabiya, home of Salim and Arabiya Shawamreh, has risen from the ruins of its demolition for the fifth time in thirteen years. More than two hundred people gathered in the West Bank town of Anata to celebrate the rebuilding of Beit Arabiya, home of Salim and Arabiya Shawamreh family. Since 1998, this home has been demolished five times by the Israeli government but rebuilt each time by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) as a political act of resistance to Israelis demolition policies, which are illegal under international law. Read more...

2010

Clare Short Volunteers at 2010 ICAHD Summer Rebuilding Camp

Veteran British politician, Clare Short, who is also a patron of ICAHD UK, volunteered her time for the first part of this yearas summer camp. Since 2003, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) has organised this annual two-week event where internationals are invited to work alongside Israelis and Palestinians, who refuse to be enemies, in this act of non-violent resistance to Israelas Occupation. Read more...

ICAHD Summer Rebuilding Camp 2010

This year we, the participants of ICAHD`s 2010 work camp, will be rebuilding the home of the Hamdan family: the parents Youssef and Ouda and their four children, Mohamed, Kassem, Saja and Hasma. The Hamdan home, located in the Jerusalem section of Anata, was first demolished in 2005 for lack of a building permit (which is virtually impossible for Palestinians to acquire). ICAHD began rebuilding the home in its 2007 work camp, but because the Wall was being built just in front of their home at the time, conflicts between the residents and the police and army reached such a pitch that we were forced to suspend the construction and move to another house. In 2008 we returned to the Hamdan home and rebuilt it, only to have it demolished once again. Now we are back to rebuild the home for the third time. Read more...

UK Participants 2010 Camp Experience

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. Read more...

2008

ICAHD Fifth Summer Work Camp in Progress Now (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 family, which was demolished by the Israeli authorities oin April 21, 2004. Read more...

ICAHD Fifth Summer Work Camp in Progress Now

News came in from ICAHD this morning that the Hamdan family home, rebuilt during the 2007 Constructing Peace Summer Camp, has been demolished. Jeff Halper, founder and Coordinator of ICAHD, was arrested for attempting to resist the demolition, but released soon after. We understand at this point in time that no charges will be pressed against him.

A family has been made destitute again, and our hearts go out to them. Read more...

67 New Homes Built in Constructing Peace Campaign

While ICAHD, The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, has been rebuilding Palestinian homes for ten years, the expansion of the organization’s building program this year has been unprecedented. From the Negev Desert, Hebron, Jerusalem and villages north of Ramallah, ICAHD has employed dozens of Palestinians to rebuild homes destroyed by the Israeli government.

2007

Summer Camp Off to a Great Start!

Internationals from the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Italy and Canada gathered on Saturday for the beginning of the 2007 ICAHD summer camp. For the next two weeks, the participants will work alongside Israelis and Palestinians as they rebuild a home for the Hamdan family, who had their house demolished by an Israeli bulldozer on 21 November 2005. Read more...

Reflections on the 2007 Summer Camp by Our Director

Last week, I returned from participating in ICAHDas summer camp and I am still finding it hard to adjust to life back in England. During my few days there, my emotions went to such extremes, reminding me of a piece of elastic being stretched in every direction, so that even now I feel thin and worn and in danger of snapping and breaking. Read more...