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COA Presents Talk on Palestine

Uma Omar and her daughter outside the house we rebuilt in July 2011, demolished January 2012. Photo courtesy of Jean Riesman.
Uma Omar and her daughter outside the house we rebuilt in July 2011, demolished January 2012. Photo courtesy of Jean Riesman.
Posted April 26, 2013, at 6:44 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 4:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic - McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: John Visvader; 207-288-5015; newsworthy.com

BAR HARBOR, ME—College of the Atlantic presents the multimedia talk, “There’s No Place Like Home: Home demolition as an instrument of war in Palestine,” at 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 The talk, by Jean Riesman, journalist, urban planner, and educator, will be in McCormick Lecture Hall for the college’s Human Ecology Forum.

Among the many Israeli tactics for destabilizing life in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, writes Riesman, “home demolition is a deliberate daily trauma in the life of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Jordan Valley, and Gaza. Masked as a simple act of implementing ordinary building regulations, it destroys families and communities as part of an overall military strategy.” Last year, 2012, was a record year for both buildings demolished and individuals displaced, she adds. According to Riesman, Riesman, who holds a MCP and PhD in urban planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania, there are 25,000 demolition orders now outstanding in Palestine.

As a collective act of community-based resistance and civil disobedience, the Israeli Committee Against Housing Demolition (ICAHD), has rebuilt nearly 200 West Bank homes in the past 15 years with a team of Israeli, Palestinian, and international volunteers.

Riesman has been one of those volunteers. She writes, “I have seen two summer’s worth of reconstruction projects re-demolished—one home for the fifth time—as well as other actual demolition sites in East Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley.”

For more information on the 4:10 p.m. May 7 talk on home demolition in Palestine, contact John Visvader at jvisvader@coa.edu, or 207-288-5015.

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit www.coa.edu.

CAPTION: Uma Omar and her daughter outside the house we rebuilt in July 2011, demolished January 2012.

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