The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) recently completed its 189th rebuild of a Palestinian residence. During two weeks of building in 40 degree (104 F) heat, 20 international activists bolstered by their Palestinian and Israeli compatriots and a wonderful, professional Palestinian team of builders and grassroots donations from around the world, have given rise to a new 4-room home. They rebuilt the home of the Fhadad family who were forced to demolish their own home by the Israeli authorities.
A festive dedication ceremony was held. Local residents of the West Bank town of Anata (including the mayor), Palestinian activists from around the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Israeli activists and a large delegation of Go Palestine Kids – young Palestinians from around the world who spend the summer in Palestine – gathered to hear speeches, plant fruit trees in the family garden, dance the Dabka, partake in a delicious Palestinian meal and help the family move their furniture in. The family slept in their new house that night.