Engaging in Nonviolent Civil Resistance against the Occupation
Combatants for Peace is focused on ACTION.
Our work is to bring people to the street. We rebuild demolished homes and structures which have been destroyed by the Israeli army, help Palestinians harvest their crops when faced with settler or military violence, protect shepherds in the Jordan Valley who are faced with systemic violence, build rainwater catchment systems for those who are denied access to running water, and protest injustice and inequality – such as policies of street closure in the West Bank.
Safe water access is a human right
Planting Olive Groves
Combatants for Peace Activists regularly engage in olive tree planting with local Palestinian Communities in the West Bank. The southern group in Combatants for Peace held two joint actions with US based organization “Rabbis for Human rights” and planted olive trees on lands owned by Palestinian farmers from the village of Um al-Khier in Yatta area, southern West Bank. The military came and uprooted the young olive trees the activists had planted, and so the activists came back later to re-plant the trees again. The villages we target are in C area, and part of a larger area in the south Hebron hills where the local people are being pushed out by the settlers. On December 31st, 2018 the Israeli army uprooted 120 olive trees in and around another village in the South Hebron Hills. Our activists again came out to re-plant them. Our actions are aimed at supporting the steadfastness of Palestinian farmers facing settlement expansion on their land. The Israeli military also intends to confiscate (without compensation) private land near the settlement of Etzion, which is owned by the Aby Ayyash family. We went to the land to plant olive trees there, in support of the family. When the the Settlers and the Army destroy – we rebuild. When they offer destruction and ruin, we offer a common future and the building of a life together. Together, There Is Another Way.
Solidarity Olive Harvest
Re-building Homes destroyed by the Occupation
Unfortunately the policy of the Israeli army to destroy the homes and schools of Palestinian families and communities is commonplace in the West Bank and East Jerusalem – it happens daily. Combatants for Peace works to combat this policy both by protecting communities (See: Susya, Khan al Ahmar and Sumud as examples), as well as by rebuilding homes that have been destroyed. One such example was in the Jordan Valley in 2018, when a group of activists from the Jordan Vallay coalition, came together to rebuild a tent for a family of twelve. Our activists also provide blankets and other emergency supplies for families who’s homes have been destroyed.