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Restoring hope after a long journey: Home Rebuilding 2009

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Elias Deis | E.D. Holy Land Trust

Restoring hope after a long journey


Home Rebuilding 2009
Rizek Suleiman Salah is one of the many Palestinians whose homes were razed during the annexation of critical swathes of land as Israel built the Apartheid Wall. Living in the town of Al-Khader, just outside of Bethlehem city, the Israeli military demolished his home twice, once in 1997, then again in 2003. Rizik and his wife Seaham had at the time six children together, and with his mother, all 9 of them live together in one room, sharing one kitchen and one bathroom.

From that point on, until Holy Land Trust, alongside the international community, rebuilt his home, they had lived on the top floor of their relatives' home. A family of eight, they share just two tiny rooms. Their family was forced to separate.

The Israelis first demolished the family home in 1997, shaking the family to the core. Because at that time, home demolitions weren't as prevalent as they are now. In fact, since the signing of the so-called Oslo Peace Accords, settlement expansion and Palestinian home demolitions spiked sharply.

Over the next five years, the Salahs did everything to rebuild their house again. Because of the economic impact of Israel's system of settler colonialism, the family had little in terms of jobs or investment As a result, to finance their home they were forced to sell all the family's jewelry to pay for the working material, and when it was almost ready for them to move back into their new home, Israel demolished the just rebuilt house again within a few minutes.

With the support of the international community, Holy Land Trust was able to step into that space of darkness and shine a small ray of hope.

As we move into 2020, with calls for annexation of the West Bank increasing, with waves of home demolitions surging across Palestinian villages, I am off to the United States on an advocacy tour to empower people to take action. As a Palestinian Christian, I understand the life and message of Christ as working for justice on the side of the oppressed and marginalized.

I am asking you to pray for me while on this journey but also pray for my Muslim brothers and sisters who live in a perpetual state of fear, not knowing when their homes will be demolished.

I am also asking you to step into this space with me and make an investment into next year and help Holy Land Trust rebuild a home for a Palestinian family. You can donate through this link here. I am also encouraging you to join us here in the Holy Land and work side-by-side with us on the ground. Join us as we usher in a new future of justice.
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