Anti-Israel NGO that opposes the destruction of Palestinian terrorists' homes and facilities
Based in Jerusalem and composed of members of many Israeli peace and human rights organizations, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) describes itself as "a non-violent, direct-action group originally established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories." “As our activists gained direct knowledge of the brutalities of the Occupation,” ICAHD elaborates, “we expanded our resistance activities to other areas -- land expropriation, settlement expansion, by-pass road construction, policies of ‘closure’ and ‘separation,’ the wholesale uprooting of fruit and olive trees and more.”
ICAHD's activities extend into three interrelated spheres:
Resisting the demolition of Palestinian homes: “ICAHD members physically block [Israeli] bulldozers sent to demolish homes. We also mobilize hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians to rebuild them as acts of resistance.” (No mention is made of the fact that these demolitions target the homes and operating bases of Palestinian terrorists.)
Providing strategic practical support to Palestinian families and communities: ICAHD “aids Palestinians in filing police claims, in dealing with the Israeli authorities, in arranging and subsidizing legal assistance, and in general coping with the traumas and tribulations of life under Occupation. … ICAHD also cooperates with other human rights organizations to present legal challenges to Israeli actions and policies in the Occupied Territories.”
In the United Kingdom and the United States, ICAHD has established regional affiliates whose activities include: conducting conference workshops and community and church presentations on “the Israel-Palestine conflict”; maintaining an active Speakers Bureau; gaining media exposure for their perspective on Arab-Israeli relations; publishing op-ed pieces and other articles; co-sponsoring educational and cultural events; networking with other likeminded organizations; raising money to support ICAHD's house-building and educational work; and providing materials, speakers and other support for house party fundraising events.
ICAHD's Coordinator is Jeff Halper, an Israeli professor of anthropology who frequently refers to Israel as an "apartheid" state that is guilty of "war crimes"; who advocates sanctions and boycotts against Israel; and who supports a "one-state solution." ("A Jewish state has proven politically and, in the end, morally untenable," he says.)
In tandem with Al-Haq, Al-Mezan, Badil, and Ittijah, ICAHD authored a Joint NGO submission in May 2006 to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN CERD). ICAHD’s contribution to CERD was a set of “statistics” on the numbers of Palestinian homes demolished in the West Bank. No sources or evidence for these statistics are provided, making independent verification of ICAHD’s allegations impossible.
Regarding the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, ICAHD stated: "We recognize Israel's ever-repressive Occupation as the main source of conflict and instability in our region ... Israel seeks to break the will of the Palestinian people and destroy any resistance to the imposition of an apartheid regime."
In October 2006, ICAHD published an article titled "The Struggle for Palestine's Soul," which argued that Israel “has not for one moment renounced violence against Palestinian resistance to occupation.” The article added that if Hamas were to emerge victorious from its political and military battles with Fatah, "then the Palestinians will have the chance to re-energize the intifada, and launch a proper, consensual fight to end the occupation.
In past years, ICAHD received considerable financial support from the Ford Foundation and the New Israel Fund, but neither of those organizations fund ICAHD today. The Committee’s current funding derives largely from the European Union.
Portions of this profile are adapted, with permission, from NGO Monitor.
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