Land Confiscation, House Demolitions and the Wall
In the years since the 1967-six-day war brought the widely contested Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, thousands of Palestinians have watched their homes destroyed and more than 30,000 have been left homeless. This destruction, part of the Israeli government policy, enables illegal building of Israeli settlements and by-pass roads over the lands of Palestinian families. Currently, a high wall is being built to separate the two communities. The wall is being built by Israel in hopes of increasing the security of its citizens. However, the wall is being built on Palestinian lands and increases the poverty of the Palestinians by separating them from their farm lands, jobs and other resources.
The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions- ICAHD is a non-violent, direct-action group originally established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories. As their activists gained direct knowledge of the brutalities of the Occupation, they expanded their resistance activities to other areas – land expropriation, settlement expansion, by-pass road construction, policies of "closure" and "separation," the wholesale uprooting of fruit and olive trees and more. The fierce repression of Palestinian efforts to "shake off" the Occupation following the latest Intifada has only added urgency to their efforts.
B’Tselem – The Israeli Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories focuses on educating the Israeli public and policy makers about human rights in the West Bank and Gaza. Provides current data about demolition of homes, sealing of houses as punishment and family separation as well as the numbers of Palestinians killed, deported, etc.
American Friends Service Committee – AFSC has a long history of providing information on the Middle-East and working to bring peace to the area. A current project to halt home demolitions is a housing reconstruction project, in hard hit areas of Gaza and the West Bank, that helps with the costs of repairing damaged homes or finding alternative housing.
Jerusalem Forum – An Amman based organization, Jerusalem Forum is geared to education about the Palestinian people and their land, both past and present. They use first-hand accounts and provide factual materials and documentation from credible sources.
Sabeel – An ecumenical liberation theology movement among Palestinian Christians that seeks to deepen their faith and lead them to act for justice and love, to work for the unity and renewal of the church, and to transform society. Sabeel strives to promote a more accurate international awareness regarding the identity, presence and witness of Palestinian Christians as well as their contemporary concerns.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – The Church Council of the ELCA affirmed a strategy for ELCA engagement in Israel and Palestine and acknowledged an "urgent" call from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) for action regarding the construction of an Israeli separation wall on Palestinian territories. Information about the ELCA's engagement in the Middle East is available here.