Salim Shawamreh will be speaking at the Harrow Mosque (Mahfil Ali) North Harrow Assembly Hall, Station Road, Harrow at 8pm on Friday September 9th.
Salim will describe the experience of his family in 1948 when they were forced off their land in the Negev Desert and made refugees. The family moved to the Old City in Jerusalem, where Salim was born, but then in 1967, during the Six Day War, they were made refugees again when they were moved to the Shufat Refugee Camp. Salim trained as an engineer and saved money to build a home for his family. Despite many attempts to get a building permit, one was never granted, which is usually the case for Palestinians. Finally desperate to house his family, Salim proceeded to build a home but it was demolished by Israeli authorities. To date this has happened four times and each time the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) has rebuilt their house. A fifth demolition order is on their house.
Salim will be travelling with a new photographic exhibition prepared by ICAHD UK and entitled, ‘Dreams of Home’.