ICAHD Peace Center 'Beit Arabiya' Demolished for the Fifth Time


By Stanley Walinets
January 24, 2012
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Interested, anyone? News just received from ICAHD-UK (The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions)

Israeli authorities demolished Beit Arabiya (“Arabiya’s House”) last night (Monday, January 23rd) for the fifth time, along with structures in the East Anata Bedouin compound. Beit Arabiya, Located in the West Bank town of Anata (Area C) just to the northeast of Jerusalem, is a living symbol of resistance to Occupation and the desire for justice and peace.

As its name suggests, Beit Arabiya is a home belonging to Arabiya Shawamreh, her husband Salim and their seven children, a Palestinian family whose home has been demolished four times by the Israeli authorities and rebuilt each time by ICAHD's Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists, before being demolished again last night.

At around 11p.m. Monday, a bulldozer accompanied by a contingent of heavily armed Israeli soldiers appeared on the Anata hills, to promptly demolish Beit Arabiya, along with residential and agricultural structures in the nearby Arab al-Jahalin Bedouin compound. 3 family homes were demolished along with numerous animal pans, and 20 people including young children were displaced, left exposed to the harsh desert environment. While standing in solidarity with Palestinians, ICAHD staff and activists were repeatedly threatened by Israeli soldieries. ICAHD Co-Director Itay Epshtain was beaten and sustained minor injuries.

Beit Arabiya was issued a demolition order by Israeli authorities back in 1994, following their failure to grant a building permit. It has since been demolished four times, to be rebuilt by ICAHD activists. Following a reissue of the demolition order last Thursday, came last night's fifth demolition. ICAHD Director, Dr. Jeff Halper, standing astride the ruins, vowed to support Salim and Arabiya in rebuilding their home. "We shall rebuild, we must rebuild forthwith, as an act of political defiance of the occupation and protracted oppression of Palestinians" said Halper.

If anyone wants more info, I'm sure ICAHD will be glad to hear from you - website: http://www.icahduk.org

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Ben F

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 13:56

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But Stanley did they not wait until she could be persuaded to vacate the property voluntarily. She IS Jewish isn't she ?


Advis3r

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 15:12

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This would be the ICAHD that consistently manipulates the language of human rights to promote an anti-Israel political agenda. The same ICAHD that routinely refers to Israel as an 'apartheid' state while Jeff Halper promotes a one state solution which would mean the end of Israel as a Jewish state. This is in direct contradiction to the EU's official policy, which promotes a two state solution.

NGO Monitor's Executive Director, Prof Gerald Steinberg commented in 2008 when ICAHD reportedly lost its Eurpoean funding, "ICAHD's façade has finally been acknowledged, and the European Commission has acted appropriately in ending further funding. In reality, ICAHD does nothing to advance coexistence and instead promotes extreme views which fuel the conflict. Following this precedent, we urge the EC to review all such NGO funding in a transparent manner, and establish consistent criteria."

Why am I not surprised that Stanley "Israel can do no right" Walinets posts their trash on this website.


Jonathan Hoffman

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 15:14

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Like all 'one-staters' Halper is an antisemite


Jon.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 15:47

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Any proof for that Jonathan or is that just some casual slander?


Mary in Brighton

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 15:48

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Jonathan silly dismissive statements like that merely make you look juvenile and truculent.

It is very poor Israel advocacy


Jonathan Hoffman

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 15:50

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"Denying the Jewish people their right to self­determination" is antisemitic - by definition

http://www.zionismontheweb.org/antisemitism/EU-definition-of-antisemitis...


Goldie G. Tobin

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 15:56

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Mr. Hoffman is losing it. No where does Mr. Wallinets advocate a one state solution nor depriving Israel of its right to self determination. Is that the catch all response now? It seems to me, Mr. Hoffman does more harm to Israel's standing than helps it.


Goldie G. Tobin

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 16:06

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Disagreeing with Israel's policies or conduct does not constitute anti-Semitism.


Advis3r

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 16:14

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Mr Hoffman did not mention Mr Walinets he was talking about Jeff Halper.

Holding Israel to standards to which you do not hold other countries is anti-Semitism. Was Basildon Council being discriminatory when it demolished the travellers camp which had been built as Arabiya House was - illegally? No planning permit means do not build for if you do the law prescribes what will happen - demolition.

Denying the Jewish people a right to self determination is within the definition of what might constitute anti-Semitism.


Goldie G. Tobin

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 16:20

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Please stop typing this drivel here. You're embarassing and I don't want the readers of this blog site to think your immorality is representative of Israel as a whole. What's wrong with one state called Israel with equal rights for all who reside there? Other democracies do it. Blacks, Arabs, Jews, Whites, Hispanics, and more live along side each other in many other democracies in the world.


Advis3r

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 16:31

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Goldie G. Tobin I'll try again - Mr Hoffman did not say Mr Walinets was advocating a one state solution he was talking about Mr Jeff Halper - clear?

You have obviously completely missed the point. Arabiya House would have been demolished had it been built by Jews Arabs or what have you. You build something illegally and the law prescribes a penalty - illegal Jewish outposts in Judea and Samaria are also demolished for the same reason it has nothing to do with race/religion much as you would like to claim it is.

Now calm down.


Jon.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 16:32

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Jonathan, you cannot call people anti-semitic just because you disagree with them. It's a very dangerous game and it undermines genuine cases of anti-semitism. Please stop


Goldie G. Tobin

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 16:36

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I think Jon also got the point. Sit down, Advis3r.


Jonathan Hoffman

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 16:42

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Read the internationally accepted Definition of Antisemitism, fools:

http://fra.europa.eu/fraWebsite/material/pub/AS/AS-WorkingDefinition-dra...

If you find the long words difficult ask Mummy to explain them


Goldie G. Tobin

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 16:43

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I think the world has had enough of your application and abuse of that definition, Mr. Hoffman. Save it for some demonstration where you can yell and scream it till the cows come home.


Goldie G. Tobin

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 16:45

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My mummy baked in an oven some 70 years ago. Care to make any more offensive and insensitive remarks, Mr. Hoffman?


Mary in Brighton

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 16:46

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Jonathan, the link in your blog at 15.50, what are we supposed to glean from it ? What is your point ?


Mary in Brighton

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 16:58

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Not quite Jonathan most people who wanted the definition of a word would go to a dictionary.

And even your favoured quasi " definition " says certain occurrences could be anti semitic not are anti semitic.

But tell me Jonathan in order not to be anti semitic do I have to afford ALL of the Jewish people the right to self determination ? I know that you don't like tough questions but have a go at this one. Indulge me.

By the way avoiding the tough questions is very poor Israel advocacy.


Jonathan Hoffman

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 17:19

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Tobin
Find someone else to help you then
Your 15:56 comment tells us that you are severely challenged in the comprehension department


Goldie G. Tobin

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 17:23

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I will be sending a copy of this to the Zionist Federation and the BOD along with my letter of protest. You are a disgrace to Israel.


Jonathan Hoffman

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 17:28

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yawn


Mary in Brighton

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 17:43

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Don't fall asleep on us yet Jonathan, attempt the question it is not as tough as it looks.


Goldie G. Tobin

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 17:49

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Disgraceful.


Advis3r

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 14:14

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Ugh! It's Outraged from Willesden yet again.

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