The following is a partial list of organization who are involved in the Palestinian village of Susiya.
We are a small group of Israeli and Palestinian individuals working in partnership. We have been active since 2002 in two large villages on the eastern outskirts of Nablus (Salem and Deir Al-Hattab), and in several smaller villages in South Hebron Hills (Susiya, Umm Al-Kheir, Umm Faqra, and others in the region of Massafar Yatta), an area located at the southernmost edge of the West Bank.
At the foundation of our work is the cultivation of personal friendships between Israelis and Palestinians, as a way to counteract the separation policy perpetrated by both the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority. The main challenge facing Villages Group activists is to seek and diversify options for personal and communal development, against the background of an oppressive occupation regime – already lasting nearly two generations. Meeting this challenge involves deep personal and committed relationships patiently nurtured over time with a lot of creativity. In these relationships we strive for equality and mutuality, in the midst of a brutal and asymmetric reality.
We — Arabs and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians — live surrounded by walls and barbed wire: the walls of segregation, racism, and discrimination between Jews and Arabs within Israel; the walls of Apartheid, closure and siege encircling the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip; and the wall of war surrounding all inhabitants of Israel, so long as Israel remains an armed fortress in the heart of the Middle East.
In the fall of 2000 we joined together to form “Ta’ayush” (Arabic for “living together”), a grassroots movement of Arabs and Jews working to break down the walls of racism and segregation by constructing a true Arab-Jewish partnership. Together we strive for a future of equality, justice and peace through concrete, daily, non-violent actions of solidarity to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and to achieve full civil equality for all.
Hebron International Resource Network
The idea to create Hebron International Resource Network was born in 2010, and has become reality during 2011. It is a Scandinavia – Hebron Initiative in the sense that is was established by a Hebronite and some Scandinavians after having identified certain gaps that needed to be filled – within the areas of research, information, exchanges, networking and smaller projects in Hebron and South West Bank. HIRN is working with networking and advocacy in Scandinavia, but the core of HIRN is the resource centre working on the ground in Hebron.
Rabbis for Human Rights
has been active, since its foundation, in advocating for the rights of marginalized members of society, in defending the rights of minorities in Israel and of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, and in the prevention of flagrant violations of the basic human rights of foreign workers. The organization puts pressure on policy-makers in Israel to protect the human rights of weak groups, including the right to medical care, shelter, education and minimal living standards. From RHR’s inception, thousand of volunteers have participated in hundreds of actions towards achieving justice in the State and society.
The project team consist of activists with a long record of activity in the South Mount Hebron region (in the south part of Palestine) and other parts of Palestine. We come from different backgrounds and professions and we combine the required technical skills with experience in community work. Our dedication and commitment to the region’s communities together with the personal relationships we have developed over the years are the key to the success of the project.We hope to attract other Palestinian, Israeli and International partners, from outside the community, who share our political and environmental vision.
The Saaheb Collective is composed of a group of friends working in various media, who believe in the power of art and creativity as a means to impact social transformation. The Saaheb Collective was founded in 2011.
The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) brings internationals to the West Bank to experience life under occupation. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace. When they return home, EAs campaign for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through an end to the occupation, respect for international law and implementation of UN resolutions.
EAPPI currently has teams of observers in seven placements, including the South Hebron Hills area. EAs in this team are closely monitoring the situation in Susiya, including the threat of demolitions and settler violence. The team is accompanying locals and providing protective presence when requested, while engaging in international advocacy to promote Susiya residents’ right to stay in their homes. EAs have also documented recent incidents such as the spraying of “price tag” graffiti in the village.
The Activestills collective was established in 2005 by a group of Israeli and international documentary photo-graphers, out of a strong conviction that photography is a vehicle for social change. We believe in the power of images to shape public attitudes and to raise awareness on issues that are generally absent from public discourse. We view ourselves as part of the struggle against all forms of oppression, racism, and violations of the basic right to freedom. We do work on various topics, including the grassroots movement and the popular struggle against the Israeli occupation, women’s rights, immigration, asylum-seekers, social justice, the siege on Gaza, and housing rights inside Israel.
The work as a collective is based upon the belief that mutual work serves each photographer‘s personal statement, and that joint projects will create shared statements that are more powerful than individual ones. The collective, now consisting of ten photographers, operates in Israel/Palestine and focuses on social and political documentation, project production, publication, and exhibition.
Israeli public opinion is shaped first and foremost by the mainstream media, which is shifting to become more racist and violent. The impact of this shift is evident in increased public support for violent military operations, racist legislation, and discriminatory policies. We wish to challenge these changes with our work. Each time our photos are published, either in the mainstream media or in alternative channels, they convey messages that challenge oppression and bring the voices of the unheard into public discourse.
Activestills often uses public space for exhibitions in order to more directly influence public opinion and bring about social change.
Breaking the Silence
is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. We endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life.