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Jeff Halper - Witness

 

The Chicago Hearing brought together witnesses to tell seldom-heard stories from Israel-Palestine that raised critical questions about the effects of U.S. policies in the region. Does Israel's explanation of security legitimize its violations of international law? Does the U.S. government condone Israeli policies and practices that would not be tolerated if replicated in America by the U.S. government?

 

Jeff Halper testified on the topic of Property Rights.


Jeff Halper Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. AFSC nominated Halper and Palestinian activist Ghassan Andoni for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.

 

Jeff Halper has been a peace and human rights activist for more than three decades. Born in the United States, he participated in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements of the 1960s. Halper immigrated to Israel in 1973 after attending rabbinical school and becoming a Vietnam War resister. 

 

In Israel, Halper taught anthropology at Haifa and Ben-Gurion Universities. During his Israeli military service, he refused to bear arms or serve in the occupied Palestinian territories. In 1997, Halper co-founded the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).  For this work, the AFSC nominated him and Palestinian activist Ghassan Andoni for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. He also serves on the steering committee of the UN Conference on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

 

"We think, as Israelis, that Jews and Arabs should live together," Halper says. "Palestinians have rights of self-determination just like we have. We have to fight also for their rights. One of our slogans is 'we refuse to be their enemies.'"

 

As the coordinator of ICAHD, Halper has led nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience against the Israeli occupation authorities. He has put his own personal safety on the line, facing bulldozers in front of Palestinian homes and confronting Israeli soldiers. He also organizes Israelis, Palestinians, and internationals to help rebuild demolished Palestinian homes.

 

A tireless writer and speaker, Halper travels extensively to build international support for ICAHD. He also raises important issues not covered in mainstream media, such as the “matrix of control” – the framework created by Israeli settlements, settler-only highways, and the Separation Wall. Read a recently authored article and view an interview with Jeff about the article.

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