Clean Up in Um al-Khair
December 9, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC+0
Why join a work day?
Work days in the South Hebron Hills are not only an important act of resistance and solidarity but a deeply engaging way to understand the finer points of how Israel’s military occupation impacts everyday life. Palestinian resistance on-the-ground to Israel’s planning and zoning regime in south provides a glimpse into one of the many mechanisms of decolonization: Staying and investing in their lands in tangible ways.
As Israel’s Civil Administration, in conjunction with the Israeli settler movement, continue to annex lands, restrict natural housing expansion, impose restrictions of movement on Palestinians and human rights defenders – silencing the call for justice – your physical presence is crucial. It is through these deep, meaningful experiences in communities facing expulsion that you are able to carry an alternative message into your networks and community and build upon the movement for human rights in the Holy Land.
What to expect at a work day?
At the work days, you always get a historical and political debriefing of the community, coupled with an analysis of the next action steps to take towards peace and justice. Palestinian hospitality always includes tea and or coffee, as well as a meal. While the physical work is important, we also understand that everybody can only do tasks within their means. So whether or not you’re able to take on a heavy load of manual labor isn’t as important as your willingness to find ways that you can take part in the movement of justice. While there is always water, it is helpful to bring your own. When thinking of what to wear, think about good shoes and modest dress, as well as the weather conditions. If it is sunny, bring sunscreen. If it is cold, pack extra layers.
Depending on your situation, transportation can be complicated and because we try to be flexible with people’s travel needs, we let people take the ways that they feel comfortable. Some people are happy to make the trek to the Palestinian communities with public transportation, others are not. We do organize buses from Jerusalem, but the cost of transportation is contingent on the number of people that show up. So make sure all your contact information is correct and we will be in touch.