Popular committees to hold the First Popular Struggle Camp in the Jordan Valley
The First Popular Struggle Camp will take place on, January 10th -13th in the city of Jericho and in the Jordan Valley. The camp will include voluntary work, field visits, workshops and cultural events.
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Hundreds of Palestinians from across Palestine are expected to participate in a popular struggle camp, the first of its kind, in the Jordan Valley and Jericho. Participants will arrive on Thursday, January 10th, and stay until Sunday, January 13th.
The camp is organized by the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee and local popular struggle committees against settlements and the wall, which aims to expand the popular struggle methods beyond the regular weekly rallies and support the struggle of the Valley’s residents in the face of Israeli ethnic cleansing policies.
Program will include voluntary work, field visits, workshops to discuss popular struggle methods and Palestinian affairs, cultural events and film screening.
Abdallah Abu Rahmeh, coordinator of the PSCC said: “We decided to organize this camp in order to expand the popular resistance model and assert our right to build and develop our land. We are hoping that such a camp becomes a Palestinian tradition.“
The Jordan Valley is home to nearly 60,000 Palestinians. Because 87% of the land in the Jordan Valley is designated as Area C controlled by the Israeli government, Palestinians have limited access due to lack of permits from the Israeli authorities for homes, schools, roads or water infrastructures. Dozens of checkpoints, roadblocks and trenches implement the spatial fragmentation of the West Bank, impeding Palestinian access to grazing land and services instead for the use of the Israeli military or settlements. In 2011, Israeli authorities demolished over 200 Palestinian-owned structures in the area, displacing some 430 people and affecting the livelihoods of another 1,200. Thousands of Palestinians in the area are still at risk of forced displacement.
When Israel occupied the Jordan Valley in 1967, 320,000 people resided in the area. Today, following the continued Israeli campaign of creeping ethnic cleansing, only 60,000 Palestinians still reside in the Valley on a permanent basis.