Project Description

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.

 
Elias Deis
Executive Director
Holy Land Trust’s E.D., Elias Deis has worked for over a decade at Holy Land Trust. He was formally the Travel & Encounter Program Director and serves on the Beit Sahour City Council.

Resist home demolitions

Your financial investment gives back to a Palestinian that has been impacted in the most traumatic of ways: having their home demolished. The cost of building, returning a family family from displacement and beginning the healing process of restoring their home is roughly $25,000.

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Payments are processed securely through Stripe. Your donation in the United States is tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsors, Nonviolence International.

Join us in the home rebuilding

Since 1967, more than 50,000 Palestinian homes and buildings in the West Bank have been demolished by the Israeli civil authorities, under the pretext of security needs, punitive measures, a lack of proper building permits and other reasons, in a practice that extends back nearly 20 years..   Home demolitions, considered one of the most controversial and harmful Israeli policies towards the Palestinians residing in the Palestinian Territories, has had immeasurably harmful impact on practically every Palestinian community, creating poverty, hopelessness and despair.  For over a decade, Holy Land Trust has been rebuilding the destroyed homes of Palestinians residing in west Bethlehem communities and villages through bringing in volunteers who both financially support as well as physically participate in the actual reconstruction efforts.  Be part of our next team restoring hope and dignity to the people of Bethlehem!

Amos Trust Home Rebuilding participants setting up a house in al-Walaj

This program is put together by our partners, Amos Trust. It consists of home rebuilding, listening and sharing experiences of those individuals, families and communities impacted by home demolitions, meeting with civil society leaders working to challenge and educate the global community about these practices, as well as day trips and visits to places of religious, cultural and historical interest within Bethlehem area.   Most activities will occur from the mid-morning to early evening, with program participants residing in guesthouses and/or pilgrim hotels in Bethlehem district.

Tour Details 
The tour will be based in Bethlehem district, with day tours to Jerusalem and other parts of the West Bank.  This tour involves light manual construction work and extensive walking.  Prior construction/home rebuilding experience is not needed; program participants will not be engaged in the use of consruction machinery. A full range of mobility, including extended periods of bending, extending and stretching arms, legs, and the back, and a willingness to climb ladders is essential.  Program participants who wish to book tours to the Galilee or Jordan as private excursions before or after the program may do so at additional cost.  A limited amount of free time will also be incorporated into the program for rest, leisure activities and getting to know Bethlehem and Jerusalem on your own!
Email encounter@holylandtrust.org for more information!

Additional Tours

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Iktashef

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House Rebuilding

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. 

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Christian Pilgrimage

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.

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Fact-Finding Tour

Our 14-day Fact-Finding Tour gives you a schedule with meeting with religious leaders, politicians, and community activists tools for peacemaking.

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Meet the staff

 
Elias Deis
Executive Director
Holy Land Trust’s E.D., Elias Deis has worked for over a decade at Holy Land Trust. He was formally the Travel & Encounter Program Director and serves on the Beit Sahour City Council.
Lara Mitri
BLF Director
Lara Mitri is the Bethlehem Live Festival Director, ensuring that the festival creates an inclusive space that promotes a message of social justice on a global scale.
Said Zarzar
Creative Manager
Said Zarzar is the Creative Manager of Holy Land Trust, organizing the event planning for Bet Lahem Live, as well as the lead coordinator for the Travel & Encounter Department.
Sami Awad
Sami Awad
Founder | Programs Developer
Sami Awad, the founder and former executive director of Holy Land Trust, has spent a lifetime working the infield of community development and leadership training.

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