After many years of following the Israeli/Palestine conflict , in 2012 I decided to take a trip to the Holy Land to see and learn about the situation first hand.
I took a 12 day educational tour with Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), travelling throughout Israel and the West Bank – Palestine. We met with 20 NGO’s and community organisations and took in a number of evening lectures . It was a complete introduction to the present day reality of occupied Palestine and I was shocked by what I saw and learned. Then in 2013/2014 I served 2 terms of 3 months each with EAPPI monitoring the human rights abuses and providing protective presence to vulnerable groups in the Holy land. Now in Nov 2016 I am back again and conditions and prospects for peace are dimmer than ever. I can only hope that these peace stories will in some small way help to change this sad situation for the better. This time I am trying though its difficult to see and talk about the positive.
Mel – Nablus Palestine Nov. 2016