House Rebuilding 2010
In 2010 Holy Land Trust partnered with Hope Equals, which at the time was a project of the Christian Reformed World Mission in Grand Rapids.
Facing a financial short-fall, Holy Land Trust managed to finance the reconstruction of Munther Salem’s home in al-Waliji. Nonetheless, we rebuilt a large section of the home that was partially destroyed by the Israeli military. The demolition of Munther Salem’s home was a partial demolition, under the pretext that he wasn’t allowed to add much additional living space to his expanding family needs.
In developing the partnership with Hope Equals, this opened up the door to create crucial advocacy channels in Western Michigan for us to bring peace and justice to a whole other subsection of the Christian community. The building of relationships throughout the project not only strengthened the resiliency in al-Walaji, and more specifically with the Salem family, but energized the delegation from Western Michigan. The Christian Reformed Church on the West side of the state has proven to be a valuable alley in the pursuit of reconciliation every since.
Additionally, it become clear through the settlement expansion of Har Gilo and the Gush Etzion bloc, that Holy Land Trust was going to have to invest deeply in nonviolent resistance in these communities. In doing so, our activities have served as a wedge, enabling indigenous communities to stay on their lands in the face of settler-colonialism.
Since that time, Holy Land Trust adapted our programming methods and developed new networks to make the home rebuilding project more sustainable, partnering with Amos Trust and others in the following years.
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