Remarkable Smile

This woman's house, or parts of it, has been demolished three times in ten years. She lives in a village called Nabi Samwil, where no building or repairing to ANY building has been sanctioned by the Israeli Authorities since 1970. The one classroom village school's toilet has a demolition order on it. Animal shelters for the villagers livestock have been destroyed by the Israeli Army too. House demolitions are illegal under international law, unless for military purposes. There is no military necessity to demolish this civilian woman's house three times.

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About Madeleine

Currently working as a Human Rights Monitor in Israel and Palestine as part of the EAPPI- Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (www.eappi.org). EAPPI has its aims a just peace in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and an end to the illegal occupation of West Bank and Gaza. It works with Israeli and Palestinian human rights group, supports communities at risk of violence, monitors and reports human rights and international humanitarian law violations, and advocates for an end to the occupation, talking to politicians, religious leaders, the media, NGOs, and local communities around the world. If you'd like to use any of the photos from this blog, please do contact me.
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