Lecture: Jeff Halper, Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)

Tue, June 24, 2014 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts & Jewish Voice for Peace present a lecture by Jeff Halper, co-founder and director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)


Free and Open to the Public(suggested contribution $5)

In 1997, Jeff Halper co-founded ICAHD to challenge and resist the Israeli policy of demolishing Palestinian homes and to organize Israelis, Palestinians, and international volunteers to jointly rebuild demolished homes. ICAHD also considers its resistance to house demolitions as a vehicle for exposing how the Israeli occupation works and with the ultimate aim of ending it.
As co-founder and director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and an anti-settlement peace activist dedicated to ending the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian territories, Halper will speak about Israel's policy of demolishing Palestinian homes and other structures as a way of pushing Palestinians off their land. He will also discuss the broader implications of the end of the Kerry talks, and perspectives for the fight for justice and peace in the region.


Jeff Halper is an author, lecturer, and political activist as well as co-founding member of ICAHD, who has successfully created another nonviolent mode of resistance against Israel based on direct action, civil disobedience, and international advocacy. An avid supporter of the BDS movement and the academic boycott of Israel, Halper considers Israel to be guilty of apartheid and of a deliberate campaign of “Judaization” of Palestinian territories.

Halper has written several books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is a frequent writer and speaker about Israeli politics, focusing mainly on nonviolent strategies to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His articles have featured in Counterpunch, the Jerusalem Post, and Al Jazeera among others.

In 2006, Halper was nominated, together with the Palestinian intellectual/activist Ghassan Andoni, for the Nobel Peace Prize by the American Friends Service Committee. In 2007, ICAHD received the Olive Branch Award from Jewish Voice for Peace.


Obstacles to Peace: A Reframing of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Fourth Edition, 2009

An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel, 2008

Between Redemption and Revival: The Jewish Yishuv in Jerusalem in the Nineteenth Century, 1991

The Falashas: An Analysis of Their History, Religion and Transitional Society, 1966

Since 1967, Israel has demolished 25,000 Palestinian homes and other structures. So far in 2014, it has bulldozed 147 structures and displaced 286 people.


Alwan's programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

Last updated: 2014-06-16 18:20:56

Jeff Halper, Director of ICAHD
Jeff Halper, Director of ICAHD

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