In Jerusalem, Israelis hold weekly demonstrations against further demolition of Palestinian housing.
Working together in the West Bank, Jews and Palestinians work to rebuild a demolished home.
Haji expressed his deep gratitude to volunteers with smiles and multiple cups of sweet tea.
The Ismael’s home in the Hebron Hills was demolished to make room for a Jewish settlement. Not allowed to construct shelters, they dug, caves to live in by hand.
Volunteers bring moments of light and ease to the Ismaels in their cave they call home.
Haji looks on as volunteers with Ta’ayush, a grassroots movement of Jews and Palestinians, help to rebuild his demolished home in the Hebron Hills.
In the Hebron Hills, rebuilding, stone by stone.
In the West Bank, a girl plays among debris.
“We refuse to be refugees," Ziad Zidani says. “Look at those expelled in ’48 and ’67. They never returned. We demand to live on our land, in our homes.”
Members of the Israeli Commission Against House Demolitions listen to Palestinian residents.
“We tell families that maybe they will get their home, maybe not,” Salim Shawamreh says. “The promise is that we will not leave them. If we have to rebuild the house ten times, we will.”
Israeli, Palestinian, Bedouin, and international volunteers help rebuild the Ismaels’ home while Israeli Defense Forces observe.
Despite constant threats of demolition, community members and Italian non-profits completed construction on the Khan Al-Ahmar Arab Al-Jahalin School for Bedouin children in 2009.
The wall divides towns, once whole, into Israel and Palestine.
A palestinian child stands amid rubble.
The Sawamrehs have rebuilt their home five times. Moved by the death of United States citizen Rachel Corrie, who was killed while protecting Palestinian homes, they memorialized her on the mural visible behind them.
“This is a new chapter, a new battle in our lives,” said Riad Abu Eid, who lives near Jerusalem. "But we have been kicked out of our homes before. This is the story of the Palestinian people.”
An international organizations teaches a group of Palestinians learn how to protect their homes using principles of nonviolence.
A Palestinian man looks through the bars of a fence.
After the demolition of her Jordan Valley village, Fasayil al Wasta, a Palestinian woman looks through the rubble in hopes of finding her possessions.
An Israeli volunteer plays with Palestinian children in the Hebron Hills.