Demolition Report
Palestinians walking across the desert after the Israeli military demolished their homes.

A Palestinian man stands in a home in the aftermath of the settler rampage in the village Turmusaya northeast of Ramallah.

Demolition Data

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Israeli pogroms have raged across Nablus, Ramallah, and Jenin communities. Israeli settlers torched small Palestinian communities, lighting fire to farmlands, family vehicles, and homes. Masked Israeli settlers and the military stood side-by-side, watching the billowing smoke clouds engulf entire villages and enacting violence on Palestinians that mobilized to protect their communities. While it's easy to look on in horror, it's critical we don't write this off as simple acts of unrestrained violence. These coordinated attacks are one tool within Israel's larger strategy to erase the indigenous population and capture land and resources. It is no coincidence that the Zionist movement established seven new colonies on Palestinian lands during these attacks.

In this context, as we look at the trajectory of demolitions across the West Bank in 2023, with it being third highest rate of demolitions in the last 13 years, we are confronted with the reality that Palestinians are, in fact, resisting ethnic cleansing. With the year about half way over, the Israeli regime has pushed nearly 700 Palestinians out of their homes and potentially off their lands.

As our resolve for justice hardens, we must move towards dismantling the oppressive structures of Zionism. This includes ensuring that organizations within our movement have adopted anti Zionist principles and are articulating a vision of decolonization and indigenous liberation through their programming and communications. It means we have to organize to stop the flow of monies that underwrite the violence of Zionism and settler colonialism. This means joining the campaigns disrupting charitable organizations in the US, Canada, and elsewhere through the Defund Racism campaign and others.

Data from January 1, 2023 to July 2, 2023.
61 447 201
Impact on Palestinian Lives
Type Displaced Affected Structures
Households 134 3,640 Residential: 78
People 685 20,512 Agricultural: 143
Males 350 10,559 Livelihood: 56
Females 325 9,963 WASH: 34
Children 325 9,507 Infrastructure: 10
Others: 21
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The first phase of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee website is live, as they make the summer push for internationals to join their Faz3a Campaign this fall.

Phase One of the GSC Tech Dev Program.

As we move forward, developing programs to resist Israeli settler-colonialism, providing a physical presence in communities, legal support, and financial aid, the Good Shepherd Collective is addressing often-neglected technological advancements in activism.

This year, we have begun work collaboratively with local grassroots formations that, as a result of not being a part of the larger NGO consortium, are lacking the funding, infrastructure, and technological infrastructure to develop and maintain their own digital assets, such as websites, marketing platforms, and online campaign tools.

We have recently completed the first development phase for the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee and the Youth of Sumud websites and email infrastructure.

But we can only support these local independent Palestinian groups because individuals like yourself have been willing to invest financially in Palestinian liberation. The Good Shepherd Collective runs almost exclusively on independent donors generously contributing each month. We're asking you to support our tech dev program by being willing to make a monetary contribution of 5, 15, 30, and 50 dollars. Becoming either a monthly donor or a one-time contributor supports our ability to provide material acts of solidarity to the communities who stand on the front lines of Israeli violence and dispossession. Consider donating here.

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β€œFor a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity.”
― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
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