Monday, February 1, 2010

Pete Seeger and Jeff Halper

Pete Seeger's role in ending Israeli house demolitions
by MainStreet, Wed Nov 25, 2009

Pete Seeger and Jeff Halper

One of America's great peace activists, Pete Seeger, now 90 years of age, has never forgotten his roots in the world of social injustice. In this case, it is the plight of the Palestinians, a people deprived of freedom and self-determination for over 40 years. Some would even put that at 60 years when they were first ethnically cleansed from their country of over a thousand years, Palestine, in 1948. It created one of the longest refugee problems, and one of the longest military occupations in modern history.

For the past ten years, Seeger has personally supported Jeff Halper's organization, the Israel Committee Against House Demolition or the ICAHD. The ICAHD has documented over 18,000 house demolitions by Israeli authorities and armed forces since 1948. It has been one method of ethnically cleansing Palestinian families from their land. Other methods have included undermining the ability of Palestinians to feed their families by wrecking their olive and fruit orchards and farmlands.

Anyone who owns a radio probably knows the song "Turn, Turn, Turn" (To everything there is a season) very well. A number of versions of this song have become permanent fixtures on the play lists of most popular music radio stations. Here's what the listeners don't know: every time this song is played, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions receives a few dollars, which accumulate to "several thousand dollars every year," according to the committee's co-founder and coordinator.

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When people like Seeger stand up, who cannot take notice.

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