VERMILLION, S.D. -- The co-founder and director of a notable anti-Palestinian destruction group is bringing his message to the University of South Dakota campus at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at I.D. Weeks Library room 205.
Dr. Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) is presenting a forum entitled, “Destruction and Demolition: Israeli Policies Toward Palestinian Housing.” The program is sponsored by USD’s International Studies Program and International Studies Club. Halper will be speaking on behalf of the ICAHD, a human rights and peace organization focused on ending Israel’s occupation over Palestinians. ICAHD cites “Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian homes” as its main focus. The organization was awarded U.N. Economic and Social Council Special Consultative Status in 2010.
Halper has been internationally-recognized for his work in the field, receiving a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his efforts in championing the liberation of both the Israeli and Palestinian people. He has been a peace and human rights activist for more than three decades.
Born in Minnesota, he participated in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements of the 1960s. Halper immigrated to Israel in 1973 after attending rabbinical school and resisting military service in the Vietnam War. During his mandatory Israeli military service, he refused to bear arms or serve in the occupied Palestinian territories. In 1997, Halper co-founded the ICAHD.
The forum is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Timothy Schorn, director of International Studies and an associate professor of political science, at (605) 677-5707 or email Timothy.Schorn@usd.edu