Holy Land Trust’s response to Home Demolitions
Over the last ten years, Israel has demolished over 6,000 Palestinian homes and structures, negatively impacting over 100,000 men, women, and children.
For over a decade, Holy Land Trust has challenged this policy in material ways. We have invested tangibly into the most marginalized and at-risk communities, rebuilding these homes.
Our first home rebuilding was in 2007 in partnership with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolition (ICAHD).
We rebuilt the home of the Munther Salem family in Al Walaja just outside of Bethlehem. The Israeli military destroyed their home and livelihood in January of 2005. They returned a second time in December 2006 on the pretext it was too close to the Apartheid Wall that was being erected during those years.
When Holy Land Trust arrived, the family was dwelling in unliveable conditions. Their beds and a small amount of furniture were lined up inside a 3m by 2m tent with no running water, toilets, or electricity. The family of five – two parents and three children – had lived like this for six months.
After rebuilding their home, witnessing the healing that started to take place when strangers from around the world gave of themselves in real ways, we knew that our home rebuilding program was going to be a cornerstone piece of our solidarity work and peacemaking.
In supporting this work, I am spending the next several weeks abroad rising consciousness to the impact of home demolitions in Palestine. As a Palestinian Christian, I am carrying not only a message of Jesus’s love, but his directive of action to stand on the side of the oppressed.
As we move forward into 2020, we are asking you to stand in solidarity with us and make a financial contribution to rebuild another Palestinian home and resist violence and oppression. We are also asking you to join us on the ground in 2020 to help in the rebuilding process.
Join us in the Palestinian communities during this sacred time. Stand in solidarity with the local villages as they harvest their crops.
This summer-long journey is specifically geared for those looking for a deeper investment into the dynamics shaping the Holy Land.
We are called to be a light. Rebuilding a home for a Palestinian family is a tangible way you can give hope for all future generations.
For many, a chance to visit the Holy Land on a pilgrimage and walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ represents a turning point in their spiritual journey.
Our 14-day Fact-Finding Tour gives you a schedule with meeting with religious leaders, politicians, and community activists tools for peacemaking.