Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Summer 2013: The Rebuild Is On!

From our member group International Committee Against House Demolitions-USA.

ICAHD invites you to participate in its 2013 summer rebuilding camp--a unique opportunity to rebuild a Palestinian home demolished by Israel as an act of political resistance and see the tangible results of your advocacy efforts. You will be working side-by-side with Palestinians, Israelis, local activists, residents, and often the family whose home was destroyed and you are helping to rebuild from the rubble--a truly moving and meaningful experience of resistance and solidarity. For the past decade hundreds of activists have participated in the camp, showing that by working together we can rebuild what has been destroyed, forge new relationships and through individual acts of solidarity make a meaningful difference to a family--a difference you will see realized when you hand them the keys to their new home.   

Rebuilding Beit Arabiya, 2012 
This year the camp will be held August 11 - 26, 2013. Over this two-week period you will not only reconstruct an entire home, but also take field trips throughout the Occupied Territory and Israel to deepen your understanding of the Occupation and the sources of the conflict. In the evening you will engage with local activists, attend film screenings and participate in wide-ranging discussions analyzing the politics. 

To view some of the experiences from last year's project, check out these two videos created by camp participants themselves:

Accommodations at the camp are basic but a wonderful group spirit makes it all comfortable and functional. Participants will sleep in tents on the site of Beit Arabiya, served by portable toilets and shower blocks. Arabiya Shawamreh will provide traditional home-cooked Palestinian food as she and her husband Salim host the camp's guests along with ICAHD staff.

The fee for the 2013 camp is $1750 per person ($1250 for university students or young people whose applications demonstrate a willingness to represent ICAHD on campus). The fee, which is used to cover the purchase of construction materials and the expenses of the camp, includes: 
  • Accommodations
  • Three full meals a day and beverages between meals (except during three free evenings)
  • All field trips and the educational program
  • ICAHD materials/resources 
Not included in the fee are: 
  • Airfare and transfer to and from Jerusalem before the start of the camp and return to the airport at the end of the camp
  • Meals during free time
  • Personal spending money 
If you would like to participate but are unable to donate your time, you are welcome to provide a "scholarship" that will enable someone with limited means to join.

If you're interested in joining us this summer, or want additional information, please contact us at 646-308-1322 or