Yelvertoft woman Hannah travels to Israel to monitor human rights

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A Yelvertoft woman is travelling to Israel and occupies Palestine to observe and monitor human rights.

Hannah Griffiths, 26, will spend three months with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.

She will be based in the West Bank town of Hebron and will be with groups striving for peace, observing daily activities at Israeli checkpoints, and providing protective presence to local people - such as children walking to school, and farmers accessing their land.

Hannah said: “Growing up I was fortunate to have a secure house and safely be able to go to school and university. In the West Bank there are movement restrictions which limit people’s access to basic essential services, such as schools, hospitals and workplaces. Many regularly face attacks from Israeli settlers, and have demolition and land confiscation orders on their property.

“Everyone deserves a safe and healthy life.

“It will be a challenging experience but one I’m looking forward to. Having internationals on hand has proven to stop violence and abuse so hopefully I can make a small difference.”