House Rebuilding 2012
In 2012 again we partnered with Hope Equals to provide some much-needed relief to Omar Salem Hijazi family and their eight children.
The Hijazi family lives in the Wadi Rahal area, south of Bethlehem – an area that the settlers from Efrat have been targeting for expansion for years. Their life was in shambles, barely being able to provide the basic necessity for children, such as food and water – let alone adequate living space.
Isolated out in the villages of Bethlehem, with a lack of medical facilities and imposed freedom of movement that the Israeli military had imposed, one of their children suddenly was extremely ill. The inability to receive medical treatment resulted in the children becoming permanently disabled. Their life was one of destitution.
When Holy Land Trust heard about the disheartening story of our Muslim brothers and sisters, we quickly mobilized. Along with our partners in the Christian Reformed World Missions, we gave the family a tiny bit of hope that justice could prevail, that we could make life a tad bit easier for the children.
In continuing to rebuild these homes with international volunteers, we see how the relationships are made and in real ways – it creates the type of solidarity that allows for meaningful nonviolent resistance to emerge. We have people who have came here to rebuild these homes come back year after year to revisit the family, to check-in, and to continue the relationship bonds. It gives them an important message of urgency to go back home with and share within their advocacy networks. And from this what has emerged is successful nonviolent resistance actions that have preserved indigenous land rights, like in the community of Sarura in the South Heborn Hills – where Holy Land Trust helped to organize the Sumud Freedom Camp.
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