ICAHD Completes Its 189th Rebuild
The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) recently completed its 189th rebuild of a Palestinian residence. During two weeks of building in 40 degrees (104 F) heat, 20 international activists bolstered by their Palestinian and Israeli compatriots and a wonderful, professional Palestinian team of builders and grassroots donations from around the world, have given rise to a new 4-room home. They rebuilt the home of the Fhadad family who were forced to demolish their own home by the Israeli authorities.[read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”] A festive dedication ceremony was held. Local residents of the West Bank town of Anata (including the mayor), Palestinian activists from around the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Israeli activists and a large delegation of Go Palestine Kids – young Palestinians from around the world who spend the summer in Palestine – gathered to hear speeches, plant fruit trees in the family garden, dance the Dabka, partake in a delicious Palestinian meal and help the family move their furniture in. The family slept in their new house that night.
Vigil for Gaza
Join CPWJ members and partners as we hold a peaceful, healing space for people who wish to mourn the ongoing humanitarian nightmare in Gaza and commit to ending the escalating violence provoked by Israel’s ongoing occupation, which is supported by our 3.5 billion U.S. taxpayer dollars. All human life in this war zone must be respected. Palestinian and Israeli children deserve a kinder more just future.[read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]
The vigil will provide space and time to renew our hope for change through our prayers and wishes, songs, poems, and art. A list of resources and actions will be provided so that every participant walks away with a clear idea of how to make a difference. The vigil will be open and respectful to all religious, spiritual, and human rights traditions.
The vigil will begin with an invocation/introduction to set the intention for the vigil. Several of the vigil conveners, including AIME faith leaders, will bear witness by sharing prayers, poems, and songs for peace from different traditions. Participants will be able to add their prayers, messages, and art to a clothesline that will wrap around the Plaza.
Throughout the event participants will be invited to briefly share their grief and healing prayers/wishes with all gathered. We will light candles, hold some silent space, and follow with Kaddish and other prayers for the dead. We will conclude with song and closing comments reminding people of what they can do to bring peace. Finally, we will breakfast and bring in Shabbat with food, prayer, and song.
• Candles (tea lights and candlesticks)
• Poems, songs, prayers, words of healing to share
• Bread/light food to share for Iftar (meal after the Ramadan fast) and bringing in Shabbat (and water for yourself)
• Flowers for the fallen in this struggle
• 8 1/2 x 11″ sheets of paper with images, symbols, text, and other artwork for our healing art line. (Images must be healing in nature; please no graphic images of deceased or seriously injured.)
• Markers to write prayers and wishes on the back of the images
Friday, July 25 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Corner of Chapel Hill and Foster Streets
CCB Plaza, Durham, NC
Wi’am Center Sustains Damage
On December 6, presumably in response to a stone-throwing incident, Israeli Defense Forces fired dozens of tear gas canisters and other weapons at the Wi’am building and yard. Electricity lines into Wi’am’s building were damaged, outdoor lighting destroyed, one large shade structure burned, another shade torn down and damaged, the fence separating Wi’am from its neighbors partially destroyed, and fire and debris left the meeting yard a mess.
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“In the morning, Wia’m staff were shocked to see that our playground sustained significant material damages to the infrastructure as a result of inflammable Gas canisters that the Israeli soldiers have thrown at the center. The damaged items in the playground were chairs, the shade, electric installations and lighting.In the name of the community and beneficiaries, Wi’am categorically condemned such intransigence that put more strains/burden on our work and disrupts our outreach work with families, children, women and young people.”
Wi’am is the Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center in Bethlehem founded by Zoughbi Zoughbi. Wi’am’s building, playground, and gardens are located immediately next to the Separation Wall, at the point where the Wall surrounds Rachel’s Tomb. Because the main Guard Tower is on that corner, this is ground zero for protests. Wi’am Center has frequently had to deal with damage from the protests and the IDF response, but this incident is the worst so far.
The Board of the Coalition for Peace with Justice wishes to offer our sincere condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in the recent shootings at the Overland Park, Kansas Jewish Community, and Retirement Centers.
We unequivocally condemn this attack and stand in solidarity to fight Anti-Semitism and all forms of racism, prejudice, and bigotry. We offer as solace an unwavering commitment to challenge race-based hatred whenever and wherever it exists.[read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]
Affirming our mission, we pledge to redouble our efforts to champion the principles of human rights, mutual respect, nonviolence and justice for all people, regardless of their ethnicity, religion or ideological perspective. We invite all to join us as we walk hand-in-hand together toward a future marked by our joint humanity and mutual respect for one another.
The Coalition for Peace with Justice
April 4, 2014[/read]