One Democratic State Between the River and the Sea
2 March 2021
Webinar sponsored by the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace, ICAHD Jerusalem, ICAHD USA and ICAHD UK
Dr Leila Farsakh and Dr Jeff Halper
Hear from a Palestinian and an Israeli in discussion on their vision for one democratic state in historic Palestine.
Palestinian-American, Dr. Leila Farsakh, is Chair of the Political Science Department at University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a proponent of One Democratic State. She is the Project Co-Director for Jerusalem 2050, jointly sponsored by MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Center for International Studies. Leila has won the Peace and Justice Award from the Cambridge Peace Commission and has written extensively on issues related to the Palestinian economy.
Jeff Halper is founder of the Israel Committee Against House Demolitions, a Jewish member of the One Democratic State Campaign. He is the author of War Against the People and most recently, Decolonizing Israel, Liberating Palestine.
A recording of this webinar will be available shortly
Institutionalized Discrimination of Palestinians in East Jerusalem
24 February 2021
Meir Margalit and Munir Nuseibah
Palestinians living in East Jerusalem do not enjoy the same provision of municipal services ranging from schools, road infrastructure, to garbage collection as their counterparts in West Jerusalem. Following the start of Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, it has implemented a system of zoning and planning which makes it almost impossible for Palestinians to obtain planning permission for home construction. Therefore, thousands of Palestinian homes have been demolished with families displaced, and currently tens of thousands of Palestinian families live in the stressful situation having received a demolition order from the Jerusalem Municipality. Other Palestinian families have been evicted from their home to be replaced by religious settlers who seek to take over more areas within East Jerusalem. The dire situation in East Jerusalem has left more than 70% of Palestinian families living under the poverty line. They are a traumatized population with little prospect for improvement any time soon. Read more...
Pluto Live: Decolonizing Israel, Liberating Palestine - the Launch of Jeff Halper's New Book
27 January 2021
Jeff Halper and Yasmin Alibhai Brown
Jeff Halper and chair Yasmin Alibhai Brown have launched his latest book Decolonizing Israel, Liberating Palestine: Zionism, Settler Colonialism, and the Case for One Democratic State, published by Pluto Press and co-hosted by The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).
For decades we have spoken of the 'Israel-Palestine conflict', but what if our understanding of the issue has been wrong all along? This book explores how the concept of settler colonialism provides a clearer understanding of the Zionist movement's project to establish a Jewish state in Palestine, displacing the Palestinian Arab population and marginalizing its cultural presence.
Jeff Halper argues that the only way out of a colonial situation is decolonization: the dismantling of Zionist structures of domination and control and their replacement by a single democratic state, in which Palestinians and Israeli Jews forge a new civil society and a shared political community.
To show how this can be done, Halper uses the 10-point program of the One Democratic State Campaign as a guide for thinking through the process of decolonization to its post-colonial conclusion. Halper's unflinching reframing will empower activists fighting for the rights of the Palestinians and democracy for all. Read more...
Challenges Faced by Palestinian Farmers in the Hebron District
6 January 2021
Atta Jaber and Hisham Sharabati.
Atta Jaber and Hisham Sharabati spoke about the extraordinary challenges face by Palestinian farmers who live in the Hebron district where land confiscation and destruction of structures essential for living are a common occurrence.
In a year when the deadly coronavirus has swept through the Occupied Palestine Territory, Israeli authorities have intensified their cruel measures in violation of international law that have heaped yet more suffering upon the Palestinian people. In addition, extreme religious Israeli settlers persist with their violent campaign that targets Palestinian farmers who reside in fertile agricultural areas in the Hebron district as they seek to establish new suburbs of the of Kiryat Arba settlement. Read more...
Becoming Political Actors:
Strategies for Palestinian Liberation as We Enter the Biden Administration.
Indiana Middle East Peace, ICAHD USA, ICAHD UK, Jewish Voice for Peace Action and others
13 December 2020
Awad Abdelfattah, Huwaida Arraf, Beth Miller, Jeff Halper, Robert Herbst, Michael Spath.
After decades of campaigning, lobbying, and protest, how should we evaluate the struggle for Palestinian national rights, particularly as we enter into the Biden Administration? After the death of the two-state solution and the willingness of Arab regimes to normalize with Israel, what strategy is necessary to continue our struggle? Can legislative lobbying, grassroots protest, BDS or campaigns for Palestinian human and national rights succeed without a political program that envisions a just end-game? And if not, what is our program, our plan, our vision? Is the establishment of a single democracy between the River and the Sea the only way Palestinians will be liberated and an inclusive polity replace apartheid?
What, then, should be our goals and strategy as we enter into the Biden administration? For what are we advocating? And how do we mobilize American public opinion and the grassroots as effective advocates? These critical questions are at the center of this webinar’s important discussion.
Broken Homes, Broken Families:
Supporting families whose homes have been demolished.
UK Palestine Mental Health Network Webinar on Demolitions
12 December 2020
Remal Salah, Dima Tadros and Linda Ramsden.
Remal Salah is a Senior Psychologist, professional supervisor, and trainer at the Palestinian Counselling Centre. Remal has over 20 years of experience in psychological first aid and emergency response in Palestine. Remal holds two Master degrees in Art Therapy and in Psychological and Educational Counselling, as well as a Higher Diploma in Clinical and Community Supervision.
Dima Tadros is a programs development officer and trainer at the Palestinian Counselling Centre. she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work at Bethlehem University.
Linda Ramsden is the Director of ICAHD UK which supports the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). For over twenty years ICAHD has been opposing Israel’s cruel, tragic demolition policies that are a gross violation of international law and that have effected hundreds of thousands of Palestinians lives. During 2020 while the coronavirus pandemic has swept through the region, ICAHD has witnessed one of Israel’s largest campaigns of home demolitions since its work began.
Resisting Demolitions from Outside Palestine - Part 2
11 November 2020
Hilary Smith - Sheffield PSC, Stop the Demolitions; Tom Anderson - Shoal Collective/Corporate Watch, Stop the Demolitions; Annie O’Gara - Sheffield PSC, Protecting Palestinian Families, Stop the JNF; Sharen Green – Protecting Palestinian Families, ICAHD UK with Monica Wusteman - ICAHD UK
This ICAHD webinar built on a previous one, a recording of which can be seen here. As was clear in the first ICAHD UK webinar, there are complementary strands to this campaign: work with JCB dealerships and with the NSPCC, a recipient of JCB donations. This webinar give updates and explore practical suggestions for your involvement.
Between the two webinars on action that can be taken from outside Palestine, there have been noteworthy developments, including progress in the formal complaint lodged by Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights – we will highlight these. Read more...
The Sumarin Family and Ethnic Cleansing in East Jerusalem
27 October 2020
Amal Sumarin was joined by Rabbi Arik Ascherman -Torat Tzedek, Dr Yousef Jabareen, Member of the Israeli Knesset for the Joint List, and Richard Burgon, Labour Party MP for Leeds East
ICAHD UK is playing a prominent role in the campaign that calls on the Jewish National Fund not to evict the Sumarin family from their home in East Jerusalem. The next step is to provide a meeting with MPs and their researchers so that they can engage directly with some of the key players. We encourage you to contact your MP asking that he/she attend this meeting This event is open to the public so you can also register to hear the discussion.. Read more...
Resisting Israel's Demolitions in the West Bank
14 October 2020
Sami Hureini, Cody O’Rourke, & Jeff Halper
Demolitions have spiked this year, even during the Covid-19 pandemic, and annexation de facto or de jure threatens areas of the West Bank. Connect with key activists on the ground.
Sami H Huraini spoke from At-Tuwani located in the South Hebron Hills in Area C at the very bottom of the West Bank. It is an area that Israeli authorities have identified as a closed military zone that it has targeted for home demolitions in its attempt to completely erase the indigenous Palestinian population. Sami is a board member of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee that opposes the expansion of Israel’s illegal settlements. He is one of the leaders of Youth of Sumud, a non-violent direct action group that supports the local people to help them remain on their land. Sami Huraini has also been involved in protecting the Palestinian civilians from settler attacks and this has included escorting Palestinian children to school and accompanying Palestinian farmers to their lands close to the green line. Read more...
View of recording of this webinar here.
Sami Huraini was arrested by Israeli authorities when they broke into his family’s home on 8 January 2020. Sami had recently demonstrated against more demolitions in the South Hebron Hills and the shooting of Harun Abu Aram of al Rakeez who had attempted to stop the Israeli army from confiscating a generator which has now left Harun paralyzed from the neck down. On 12th January Sami appeared before the Ofer Military Court which released him on bail of 10,000 NIS (about £2,295). He is obliged to report to the Israeli police state in the Kiryat Arba settlement every Friday where he is held from 8am – 3pm. He is prohibited from being present at or participating in any demonstrations or protests organised against the Occupation. If Sami violates any of these conditions, Sami’s father is obliged to pay 5,000 NISC (£1,500) and Sami will again be arrested.
The message to Palestinians is clear: resist and be shot; speak out against violence and be arrested.
Resisting Israel’s Demolitions from Outside Palestine
26 September 2020
Tom Anderson and Hilary Smith, Stop the Demolitions Campaign; Annie O'Gara, NSPCC Coalition; Huda Ammori, Manchester University; Reem Mohammed, Sheffield Hallam University; Dr Monica Wusteman, ICAHD UK
As Palestinians in the West Bank face the guns of the Israeli military, they have little power to resist the demolition of their homes. But there are actions that international solidarity movements can take against the companies that manufacture the bulldozers.
Attend this webinar that will focus on demolitions carried out by British company JCB and Caterpillar and the collective punishment inflicted on Palestinians. Hear case studies about JCB machines that rolled into the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in 2018 and Wadi al Hummus in 2019. JCB manufactures both civil and military bulldozers, which are used by the Israeli police, military, and Civil Administration to demolish Palestinian property. They are also used in the construction of checkpoints, roadblocks, Israel’s illegal settlements and to expand Israel’s apartheid wall in the West Bank. JCB is listed by the United Nations as one of the international companies involved in Israel’s illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestine Territory. Read more...
Demolitions within Israel and the Impact on Women and Children
12 August 2020
Khalil Alamour, Nabila Espanioly and Jeff Halper
Within the state of Israel, communities in the Naqab (Negev) desert and the Galilee that are not officially recognized by Israel are termed unrecognized villages and as a result, they do not benefit from state support for basic services and infrastructure such as roads, water, electricity, schools and health clinics. Of the approximate 200,000 Bedouins in Israel, more than half live in unrecognized villages and many pre-date the establishment of the state of Israel.
Unrecognized villages are especially vulnerable to demolition by the Israeli military which annually can total between 900 – 1000 homes and structures. An acute example of this is al-Araqib that has been demolished in whole or in part over 170 times since July 2010. Another stark case is Umm al-Hiran, which Israeli authorities seek to raze so that the Jewish town of Hiran can be constructed on its ruins.
End Home Demolitions in the West Bank
22 July 2020
Rashed Khudairy and Jeff Halper
Demolitions have spiked in recent weeks and it is important to understand what it behind Israel’s demolition policy which has resulted in around 55,000 Palestinian homes and structures vital for living being demolitions in the Occupied Palestine Territory of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, since 1967.
During the webinar, there is special focus on what is happening in the Jordan Valley. Learn about this strategic location which borders on Jordan and with its rich soil and climate it has been known as the breadbasket of Palestine.
However, since 1967 the situation in the Jordan Valley has been serious because Israel’s de facto annexation began then. Where once 300,000 Palestinians lived, they have been reduced to around 60,000 with the Israeli government’s military occupation controlling every aspect of their lives. Not only are Palestinian homes being demolished but so are their animal structures and water pipes. They are scared about what the future holds for them.
Avi Shlaim in Conversation with Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian and Jeff Halper as they discuss settler colonialism and decolonisation
8 July 2020
This webinar took place soon after Israel’s expected formal annexation of great swathes of the West Bank. As well as addressing the current reality on the ground, the bigger picture of settler colonialism versus occupation will be unpacked and there will be discussion about the move towards decolonisation.
Clare Short in conversation with Jeff Halper and Awad Abdelfattah
27 May 2020
Former Labour politician, Clare Short has worked internationally with non-governmental advocacy groups across the developing world and has had long-standing interest in Palestine/Israel. She will be conversation with Awad Abdelfattah from the Galilee and Jeff Halper from Jerusalem. Awad is a political writer and former General Secretary of the Balad political party which aims to transform the state of Israel into a democracy for all its citizens, irrespective of national or ethnic identity. Awad Abdelfattah now leads the One Democratic State Campaign (ODSC).