45 Jewish activists from across North America gathered in Israel-Palestine to stand in coresistance with our Palestinian and Israeli partners. Over nine days, we learned, worked, and connected with partners in the South Hebron Hills, East Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Givat Amal, and Lyd/Lod. Together, we cleared roads, laid concrete, painted murals, rehabilitated land, planted trees and built relationships rooted in resistance that will carry this work forward.
On Friday May 3rd we joined with Palestinian and Israeli activists in groundbreaking partnership to resist occupation and annexation in the South Hebron Hills. Over 125 Palestinians, Israelis and Jewish justice seekers from around the world came together to remove barriers that prevent Palestinians from accessing basic daily needs, as well as to support their refusal to cede to the pressures of settler and military harassment.
Together, we rehabilitated the historical roads and lands of Bir il-Eid to help ensure freedom of movement, so that Palestinians in the area can access water, electricity, healthcare, and education.
In response to our efforts, the Israeli security authorities violently dispersed our group: throwing sound grenades, pushing and dragging us around, and arresting 17 activists–5 Palestinians, 7 Israelis, and 5 internationals. Amazingly and without precedence, all of the activists were released together.
On this day we joined in partnership with Masafer Yatta Council, Susiya Village Council, A-Tuwani Village Council, Youth of Sumud, the Sumud Protection Committee, the Good Shepherd Collective, The Rural Women’s Association of the South Hebron Hills, activists from the South Hebron Hills communities of Susiya, Umm al-Khair, Sarura, Tuba, and A-Tuwani, All That’s Left: Anti-Occupation Collective, and the Center for Jewish Nonviolence.
Activists also joined in community co-resistance projects in Umm al-Khair, A-Tuwani, Sarura, Susiya and Bir il-Eid in the South Hebron Hills, Batan al-Hawa in East Jerusalem, and Givat Amal and Lydd/Lod in Israel proper.
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