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Prestigious Award Received by the Global Campaign to Rebuild Palestinian Homes (http://dbw@rebuildinghomes.org/index.htm)

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The Global Campaign to Rebuild Palestinian Homes is being awarded the 2003 Lewis Mumford Award for Development by the Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility.

We join a distinguished list of past recipients: Habitat for Humanity, tenants rights organizer Bertha Gilkey, and affordable housing designer, Michael Pyatok. Past recipients of the Lewis Mumford Peace Awards include Dr. Helen Caldicott, Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Carter, Yitzak Rabin, and Barbara Lee.

Donna Baranski-Walker, US based Campaign Manager of the Global Campaign to Rebuild Palestinian Homes, has been invited to accept the award in Berkeley, California on June 18th, 2003. Friends and supporters of ICAHD and the Rebuilding Campaign are invited to attend. For more details contact Donna directly at dbw@rebuildinghomes.org

This award is a recognition of the dedicated work of Donna and her team in the USA, The ICAHD and JCSER teams in Jerusalem, and the thousands of donors around the world who have supported our rebuilding work. It also validates the work of our Palestinian, Israeli and international volunteers who come to our work days to give their labor in the cause of solidarity and non-violent resistance to the continuing Occupation of Palestinian lands.

Fred Schlomka
Operations Manager
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
PO Box 2030, Jerusalem 91020, Israel

Tel: +972-(0)56-875-893 Fax: +972-2-622-1530
Email: fred@icahd.org Web: http://www.icahd.org
Voice Mail/Fax (from USA): 1-800-809-7913

For information on:

'Right to a Homeland - Global Campaign to Rebuild Palestinian Homes'

http://www.rebuildinghomes.org

From the website of the Global Campaign to Rebuild Palestinian Homes

** Why is Israel demolishing Palestinian homes?

House demolitions have become a hallmark of IsraelŐs Occupation in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. Whether the reasons are to provide land for expanding Jewish settlements, clear areas of Palestinian population, alter demographic realities or collectively punish a population, the bulldozer has become as ubiquitous an element of Israeli control as the tank and the rifle. Prior to the invasion of March 2002, Israel had demolished 8200 Palestinian homes in the Occupied Territories since 1967. After March 2002, at least 1200 more families have been made homeless and the home demolition policy is escalating.

** Why rebuild when the homes may just be demolished again?

These rebuilt homes and the families who live in them remain at risk, not from a natural disaster but from a continuing man-made disaster. They know in advance that by joining this project their new home may become a target for retaliation and yet families have asked to participate anyway and volunteers from all sides are coming to help them. We ask you to invest in the rebuilding process itself, as a way to empower an expanding strategic partnership of Israeli and Palestinian peace-makers. We ask you to join our mailing list and respond with letters and calls to Israeli and your own government's officials to head-off further demolition. And lastly, please know that with your support, we will continue to rebuild, as many times as it takes so that each family can live in a safe home of their ow




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