Eco-friendly mud bricks from local materials using ancient building methods
We are fund-raising to construct a community centre that will serve 13 traditional herding communities.
Ten thousand bricks are needed for this centre that will be built in October 2018 during a solidarity project with internationals recruited through ICAHD chapters and Torat Tzedek supporters who will work alongside locals from the Jordan Valley Solidarity Campaign.
Any quantity of bricks can be purchased.
Bricks sell for £1 each with the minimum purchase of £5 for five bricks. Club together with others in your network – family, friends, workmates – for a bulk purchase.
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The centre will be used for:
- educational activities such as pre-school sessions
- a meeting place for women to create a network of support and where they can develop their interests
- cultural events like singing and dancing activities and arts and crafts workshops involving all the family
- strategy meetings to strengthen their communities and their resistance to displacement
“With your support, this construction will help raise international awareness about the struggle of these herding communities to exist, the structural causes of their suffering and how they are also a part of the international movement to allow Palestinians their right to self-determination. Practical international solidarity directly challenges the Israeli strategy of isolating the community both physically and psychologically. If possible, also join the camp because the personal relationships which develop during time spent working with the communities becomes a source of strength and motivation for all involved.”
Rasheed Khudairy, Director, Jordan Valley Solidarity Campaign.
Fifteen thousand Palestinians live in small remote communities within Area C of the Jordan Valley, which is under full Israeli military and civilian control. Palestinians have not been allowed to develop any infrastructure, so road access is poor. They are not permitted to be connected to the main electrical grid and few are linked to a water network. Israel’s zoning and planning policy favours the construction of Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley and discriminates against Palestinians by not granting building permits to Palestinians in Area C. Most homes are slated for demolition and annually Israeli authorities demolish homes and structures necessary for their livelihood, including those funded by donors such as the EU. Palestinians in Area C are threatened with displacement because of Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing of historic Palestine. Israel is guilty of violating both international humanitarian law and human rights law, specifically the 4th Geneva Convention.
The community centre will be built in Area B therefore it will not be at immanent risk of demolition and will be a haven for the communities from Area C who can access it.