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Jeff Halper, director of Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, speaking in Portland

Dr. Jeff Halper, executive director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, will be speaking in Portland at 7:00 PM on Saturday, October 11th, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock; Admission is FREE. Dr. Halper will be talking about recent developments in the Israel-Palestine conflict and prospects for peace in the region. The title of is lecture is "Palestine: From Apartheid to Warehousing".
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How many Israeli Jews would board a small boat, along with over forty other people from around the world (including Tony Blair's sister in-law), to sail from Cyprus to Hamas-controlled Gaza? Just one, it turns out, and that would be Jeff Halper, the executive director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). He was arrested for his trouble, not by the Hamas militants in Gaza, but by the Israeli police when he crossed back into Israel to return home. Dr. Halper, an anthropologist by training, will be speaki ng in Portland on Saturday, October 11th, at 7:00 PM, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock; Admission is FREE.

Jeff Halper is accustomed to spending time in Israeli jails. In his work with ICAHD, he has stood in front of bulldozers, or even locked himself down inside houses facing demolition, in the hope that he might help prevent the destruction of another Palestinian home. Or at least bring some attention to the Israeli practice of demolishing homes and the other hardships endured by Palestinians living under occupation.

Jeff Halper, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize candidate, nominated with Palestinian intellectual and activist Ghassan Andoni by the American Friends Service Committee, is the executive director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). ICAHD, a grassroots activist NGO in Jerusalem resisting the Israeli occupation on the ground and one of the first Israeli peace groups to work inside the Occupied Palestinian Territories, struggles to stop the demolition of Palestinian homes and helps rebuild those homes previously demolished. In acts of political resistance, ICAHD works in coalition with a wide range of activist Israeli organizations including: Bat Shalom, Rabbis for Human Rights, Gush Shalom and the Alternative Information Center, as well as grassroots Palestinian groups such as the Land Defense Committee, the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee (PARC) and the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People. ICAHD also sponsors an annual Summer Rebuilding Project that brings together internationals, Israelis and Palestinians to rebuild the demolished homes of Palestinian families.

A professor of Anthropology, Halper has written extensively on the Israeli occupation in periodicals such as The Journal of Palestinian Studies, Counterpunch, and Tikkun Magazine and has published Obstacles to Peace: A Re-framing of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict where he discusses at length and illustrates in detail what he calls "The Matrix Of Control." Halper joins other Israeli and U.S. activist groups in calling for an end to US economic and political support that underwrites the Israeli occupation and applauds President Carter's courage for writing his new book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. Halper's latest book, An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel, is just out from Pluto Press

This program is co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace (Portland Affiliate), KBOO Community Radio, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Friends of Sabeel - North America, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, American Jews for a Just Peace, Peace and Justice Works, Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land - A Ministry of Central Lutheran Church, Al-Nakba Awareness Project of Eugene, Voices for Mid-East Justice, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, American Friends Service Committee, and others. For more information, please call 503-344-5078.

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