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20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CLOSURE OF AL SHUHADA STREET.

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the closure of Al-Shuhada Street in Hebron. To mark this occasion, the Building Sumud Project has produced a series of images which looks to the future and challenges viewers to #ImagineHebron open and free; a #HebronDecolonized of the architecture and operations of the Israeli Occupation Forces and illegal settlements.

These images are intended to not only offer a view to the future, but also aim to highlight the destructive effects that Israeli military operations and illegal settlers have caused the inhabitants and architecture of the Old City.

This image is located at the top of Al Shuhada Street, where the Old City meets the New City. It is the main Israeli point of control of Palestinians who live in the Tel Rumeida neighbourhood (located immediately beyond the checkpoint) when passing from the New City to the Old City. The checkpoint also marks the beginning of a string of illegal Israeli settlements which stretches 1.5km from the Beit Hadassah settlement to Qiryat Arba settlement.
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Al Shuhada Street / Old City Today
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There has been a long history of colonisation in Hebron dating back to 1968, however a pivotal moment occurred in 1994 following the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre by Baruch Goldstein, an illegal Israeli settler who killed 29 Palestinian worshippers and wounded another 125. This event ironically paved the way for the closure of Al Shuhada Street by the Israeli military, increased settlement construction and greater oppression of Palestinian Hebronites .

As a result of spatial security restrictions imposed by the Israeli army, such as the closure of the central business district of Al-Shuhada Street, the introduction of roadblocks and finally the construction of checkpoints, the Old City has suffered an economic and social death over the last 20 years. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, reports that 80% of Palestinian adults in the Old City are unemployed, while an estimated 75% of the general population live below the poverty line.

Along with these spatial restrictions, Old City Palestinians have been the subject of physical, psychological and symbolic violence in their day-to-day lives, which has led to an atmosphere of fear and insecurity among residents.

The policies of the Israeli occupation safeguard the daily lives of the several hundred settlers, leaving the Palestinians open to systematic direct and indirect forms of hardship. In the Old City the space is colonised from above by the settlers, who inhabit the higher floors of buildings in the heart of Palestinian neighbourhoods. From there, they periodically raid the buildings and streets, marking the space with dirt, refuse, insulting graffiti and national flags.

These actions are manifestations of symbolic violence: a form of aggression which targets the values and cultural and social practices of a specific community. This materialisation of symbolic violence in everyday life has a tendency to normalise the situation particularly for the youngest population of the city who have never lived in an unoccupied environment.

In Hebron’s Old City, conflict is played out through urban space in multiple ways, such as forced evictions, the displacement of everyday activities, and the suppression of public spaces which can be seen as a violence against the fabric of the city itself

— 1 month ago
Internship Positions / Deadline: 10th of Jan

POSITION OUTLINE:

The Building Sumud Project is currently inviting applications for two internship positions (minimum of 3 months) for its office in Hebron in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The selected candidates would need to be available 5 days a week. This position will provide interns with an opportunity to obtain first-hand knowledge and experience of project management, fundraising and data analysis as well as the chance to work directly with the project beneficiaries.

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— 4 months ago
AREA C AND THE DEATH OF THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION

Hamed Qawasmeh - a good friend of the Building Sumud Project will give a talk in Oxford City Centre on the 27th of September. 

Hamed is a Palestinian humanitarian aid worker, activist, local expert and director of the Hebron International Resources Network, he also works for the UN in Hebron where he documents human rights violations in the southern West Bank and Hebron Hills.

His talk will focus on Israel’s on going violations in Area C, particularly forced displacement in the southern Hebron region.

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For more details about the event, including the time and location click: HERE

— 6 months ago

AL KHALIL / الخليل / HEBRON - BUILDING SUMUD PROJECT

 

Watch our new film on our YouTube channel, where Old City Hebronites speak of their lives under the Israeli Occupation and their hopes for the future.


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A special thanks to Leila, Abed, Nawal, Abdelrahman, Randi, Jamilia, Mohammad, Issa, Anas, Ali, Dan, Megan, John, Charlie, and Nik Hindson & Ruth Hegarty at The Assembly Rooms Film Editing.

— 8 months ago
PHOTO OF THE WEEK // 65th Anniversary of the Nakba (catastrophe / cataclysm) 
The 15th of May traditionally marks the Palestinian Nakba; when in the 1948, during the Palestine War, approximately 700,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled, and hundreds of Palestinian villages were depopulated and destroyed by Israeli forces.These refugees and their descendants number several million people today, divided between Jordan (2 million),Lebanon (427,057), Syria (477,700), the West Bank(788,108) and the Gaza Strip (1.1 million), with at least another quarter of a million internally displaced Palestinians in Israel. The displacement, dispossession and dispersal of the Palestinian people is known to them as an-Nakba, meaning “catastrophe” , “cataclysm” or “disaster”.
PHOTO CREDIT: UNRWA - ‘Palestinian refugees in 1948’

PHOTO OF THE WEEK // 65th Anniversary of the Nakba (catastrophe / cataclysm) 

The 15th of May traditionally marks the Palestinian Nakba; when in the 1948, during the Palestine War, approximately 700,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled, and hundreds of Palestinian villages were depopulated and destroyed by Israeli forces.
These refugees and their descendants number several million people today, divided between Jordan (2 million),Lebanon (427,057), Syria (477,700), the West Bank(788,108) and the Gaza Strip (1.1 million), with at least another quarter of a million internally displaced Palestinians in Israel. The displacement, dispossession and dispersal of the Palestinian people is known to them as an-Nakba, meaning “catastrophe” , “cataclysm” or “disaster”.

PHOTO CREDIT: UNRWA - ‘Palestinian refugees in 1948’

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— 11 months ago
PROJECT MANAGER INTERNSHIPS IN HEBRON, OPT

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POSITION OUTLINE:

The Building Sumud Project is currently inviting applications for two internship positions (minimum of 3 months) for its office in Hebron in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The selected candidates would need to be available 5 days a week. This position will provide interns with an opportunity to obtain first-hand knowledge and experience of project management, fundraising and data analysis as well as the chance to work directly with the project beneficiaries.

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— 11 months ago
BUILDING SUMUD PROJECT ON openDemocracy.com AND arenaofspeculation.org

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Building resistance in Hebron.

In the face of growing spatial securitisation and colonisation of Hebron’s occupied old city, a set of community initiatives have emerged which seek to build resilience, protect human rights, and counter the economic and social decline of the area.

Read the full article at : http://www.opendemocracy.net/cities-in-conflict

Co-published by Arena of Speculation : http://arenaofspeculation.org/

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— 11 months ago
BSP PRESENT AT THE COLLECTIVE SPACES WORKSHOP

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The lecture given by Elisa Ferrato from the PLUG In Hebron team included an overview of the Israeli land planning system, showing key examples of the architecture of occupation and its influence on the lives of the occupied population. Moreover, the lecture highlighted the work of the Building Sumud Project and the design concept of Plug in Hebron in the bigger frame of the popular movement for the re-appropriation of Palestinian space.

The Collective Spaces Workshop in the Turin School of Architecture is part of the Masters programme in Habitat Technology and Development, focuses on the crossover of community planning, participation, sustainable urban regeneration, emergency reconstruction, self-building, and development policies.

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— 11 months ago
PLUG In Hebron TO FEATURE IN ARHITEXT MAGAZINE

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PLUG In Hebron (People Liberated Urban Gaps in Hebron), the proposal to create a BSP action research centre in Hebron is to feature in Arhitext magazine’s ‘enclave + exclave’ edition. The  theme of this edition is based on Lefebvre’s classic “right to the city” and tackles the issues of military urbanism in several of its forms from  segregation, isolation, separation to interdiction. 

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— 1 year ago
PHOTO OF THE WEEK // WEEKLY SHUT DOWN
Each Saturday, the Old City is partially sealed as Israeli settlers and Israeli Defence Force (IDF) soldiers facilitate a weekly tour of illegal settlers and settler solidarity groups from Israel through Old City neighbourhoods and the souk. The IDF removes Palestinians from the streets through which the tour progresses, block entrances to shops and prevent residents from traveling whilst the group makes their way through the narrow enclosed souk and residential streets. Heavily armed soldiers patrol with dogs and snipers watch from Palestinian rooftops along the tour route. Palestinian families and children are forced to use side streets, families are unable to access their homes, and shopkeepers are unable to conduct business during the tour which can consist of groups of over 100. The highly symbolic shutdown of the Old City typically lasts from one to two hours.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK // WEEKLY SHUT DOWN

Each Saturday, the Old City is partially sealed as Israeli settlers and Israeli Defence Force (IDF) soldiers facilitate a weekly tour of illegal settlers and settler solidarity groups from Israel through Old City neighbourhoods and the souk. The IDF removes Palestinians from the streets through which the tour progresses, block entrances to shops and prevent residents from traveling whilst the group makes their way through the narrow enclosed souk and residential streets. Heavily armed soldiers patrol with dogs and snipers watch from Palestinian rooftops along the tour route. Palestinian families and children are forced to use side streets, families are unable to access their homes, and shopkeepers are unable to conduct business during the tour which can consist of groups of over 100. The highly symbolic shutdown of the Old City typically lasts from one to two hours.

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— 1 year ago
PHOTO OF THE WEEK // AL-SHUHADA PROTESTS IN HEBRON
The 22nd of February is marked as the anniversary date of the closure of Al-Shuhada Street in Hebron, which has been sealed by the IDF since the 1994 Hebron Ibrahimi Mosque massacre by Baruch Goldstein. On the 22nd of February 1994, Goldstein, who was an illegal Israeli settler killed 29 Palestinian worshippers and wounded another 125.
More info about the effects of this closure can be found HERE

PHOTO OF THE WEEK // AL-SHUHADA PROTESTS IN HEBRON

The 22nd of February is marked as the anniversary date of the closure of Al-Shuhada Street in Hebron, which has been sealed by the IDF since the 1994 Hebron Ibrahimi Mosque massacre by Baruch Goldstein. On the 22nd of February 1994, Goldstein, who was an illegal Israeli settler killed 29 Palestinian worshippers and wounded another 125.

More info about the effects of this closure can be found HERE

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— 1 year ago
BSP TO PRESENT AT THE HUMANITARIAN HUB

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Hosted at London South Bank University by the Humanitarian Hub, this event will showcase the work of members and collaborators of ASF-UK as a series of short and energetic presentations, describing work within and inspired by the organisation.

Former ASF-UK associate Mick Scott will present the work of the Building Sumud Project. Come say hello!

WHEN: Wednesday 6th February 18.30 – 20.30

WHERE: LONDON SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY, Lecture Theatre A, The Keyworth Centre, Keyworth Street, SE1 6NG

HOW MUCH: FREE

RSVP: mkinnear@asf-uk.org

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— 1 year ago
BSP PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE OLD CITY OF HEBRON

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*FOR CIRCULATION*
The Building Sumud Project is inviting applications for a number of placements in the Old City of Hebron (Occupied Palestinian Territories).

Placements will be offered for a minimum of 3 months, starting in February - March 2013. Successful applicants will contribute to vital research, action, and advocacy projects in the Old City - more information about our programmes/projects can be found by clicking the following links:

SUMUD AMBASSADORS 

PLUG-In HEBRON

OBSERVATORY OF SYMBOLIC VIOLENCE

PUBLIC SPACE

TOURISM PROJECT   


These placements are offered on a voluntary basis.

Applicants are requested to forward a CV, motivation letter (500 words), and reference letter to contact@buildingsumud.org

The deadline for the first call is Friday 8th of February 2013.

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— 1 year ago
PHOTO OF THE WEEK // A growing ambivalence to the occupation?
This week’s photo coincides with the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. 
This date observed on the 29th of November each year is a time to remember and reflect on the consequences of 45 years of Israeli occupation on the West Bank, the blockade of Gaza and the Palestinian refugees spread across the world. 

PHOTO OF THE WEEK // A growing ambivalence to the occupation?

This week’s photo coincides with the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. 

This date observed on the 29th of November each year is a time to remember and reflect on the consequences of 45 years of Israeli occupation on the West Bank, the blockade of Gaza and the Palestinian refugees spread across the world. 

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— 1 year ago
THE BUILDING SUMUD PROJECT DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE!

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The Building Sumud Project has delivered the keynote opening address at Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE!  - the preeminent design event for global social impact design, organised by Architecture For Humanity

Mick Scott from the PLUG In Hebron Team - [People Liberated Urban Gaps] outlined the BSP’s proposal which is based on reclaiming military space through civic action and the creation of a research - events space in the occupied Old City of Hebron. Mick also spoke about how the design process and design agenda has evolved to engage with the challenging context of Hebron in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since winning the 2012 Open Architecture Challenge.

DLYGADL: LIVE! gives design experts, enthusiasts, activists, and industry leaders across disciplines the opportunity to  come together to address the challenges and lessons learned in humanitarian design and community development. Panel topics address cutting-edge topics and small-group workshops allowed participants to gain hands-on knowledge from expert panellists.

— 1 year ago