ICAHD Director Jeff Halper is embarking on a two-week trip to the UK, Brussels and Poland, a trip dedicated to presenting ICAHD's views on the Israel/Palestine conflict (with an emphasis on Gaza) before parliamentarians, activists and the general public.
In Brussels Jeff will be accompanied by ICAHD UK Director Linda Ramsden and Administrator Karen Chalk for the opening of ICAHD/Activestill's exhibit "Dreams of Home." The exhibit visually examines Israel's policy of house demolitions and displacement on both sides of the "Green Line," the message being that displacement of the Palestinians continues and that the issue is one continuing throughout the country from 1948, and not merely a product of the 1967 Occupation. In Brussels he will meet with MEPs and local activist groups.
Jeff will then travel on to UK when he will be speaking at a national lobby day at Parliament on November 28, organized by ICAHD UK together with Amos Trust, Caabu, Communication Workers Union (CWU), Fire Brigades Union (FBU) , Friends of Al Aqsa, Friends of Sabeel, GMB, Engage, Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP), Labour Friends of Palestine & the Middle East (LFPME), Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights, Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), Middle East Monitor, National Union of Teachers (NUT), The Palestinian Forum in Britain (PFB), Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), Pax Christi, Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), UNISON, Unite the Union, and War on Want. He will then meet with several groups of activists and parliamentarians active on the issue, as well as with ICAHD UK members. On 29th Jeff will give a talk at Goldsmith's University.
In Poland, Jeff will speak in front of the Parlamentary Commission of Justice and Human Rights in Warsaw and will have a meeting with Polish-Palestine Parliamentary Group focusing on the Israeli policy of demolition of Palestinian homes and current situation in Gaza. He will also give a talk in local schools and have meetings with local activists.
As you can see, ICAHD stays in close contact with its branches and partner groups abroad, and tries to work with governments and parliaments as well as with civil society. This constitutes an important part of our international advocacy. Messaging has become complex -- the two-state solution, in our view, is gone, but our Palestinian partners have not yet articulated their alternative, whether a form of bi-nationalism, a single democratic state, a regional confederation, or something else. We are somehow in a kind of political "limbo," even though the recent attacks on Gaza demonstrate the need to keep occupation at the center of attention and to keep the Palestinian issue alive in the international arena. To this ICAHD's international advocacy, in cooperation with other organizations, plays an important role.