With many struggling with high rent and mortgage payments, the housing situation here in Bristol is not ideal but we can rest in the fact that our homes are unlikely to be demolished. This isn't the case for everyone. In the Occupied Palestinian Territories the Israeli government has demolished over 24000 homes since 1967.
According to the human rights organisation Amnesty International , “The human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem) has deteriorated to an unprecedented level.” In the last year, “There was a substantial increase in the number of demolitions by Israeli authorities of Palestinian homes, water cisterns and other structures in the West Bank, affecting thousands of people. Israeli authorities also destroyed homes in Bedouin villages in the south of Israel.”
On Wednesday 7th September Bristol Amnesty International will be hosting an evening on Human Rights in Palestine. Salim Shawamreh from the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) will be giving a talk based on his first hand experience of house demolition in the Occupied Territories. His family home has been demolished four times by the Israeli authorities.
ICAHD is a non-violent organisation, established in 1997 by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Jeff Helper who is a Professor of Anthropology in Israel. It aims to spread awareness of the Israeli government’s program of demolition of Palestinian homes. It also organizes peaceful protests protests, fund-raises for and orchestrates rebuilding of Palestinian homes and campaigns on issues such as settlement expansion, by-pass road construction, policies of “closure” and “separation,” and the Separation Barrier/Wall. ICHAD's flagship project is a house in East Jerusalem that has been demolished and rebuild three times.
As well as the talk there will be stalls from relevant organisations, plenty of information on the Israel/Palestine situation and an opportunity to discuss and ask questions.
All welcome. Admission Free.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Dave on 07788795196.
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