Thursday, July 7 2016 Al-Hadidiya, Jordan Valley | photograph: Guy Hircefeld | Four months away provide just enough distance to see the madness and the cruelty for what they are. Who has set up this crazy system and kept it running for half a century? Is it not mad to deliberately deprive human beings—families, children, the elderly– of water at the height of summer in a scorching desert? It was at least 37 or 38 degrees Centigrade, almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit, today in Al-Hadidiya. No running water, of course, and almost no water at all. You can’t […]
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Sunday, April 10 2016 Taayush activity, Satrday, 10.4.16 | photo: Amir Bitan | Amitai Ben-Abba: Kids in Umm Al Kheir playing in the ruins of their houses, joyfully shattering pieces of styrofoam formerly used as insulation between the thin copper walls. Israeli forces demolished six homes in this small South Hebron Hills village last week. Meanwhile, new two-storied houses stand vacant in the Jewish settlement of Karmel 50 meters away, on the other side of a fence. A wave of demolitions has been washing the West Bank in 2016, hitting particularly hard in the South Hebron Hills and […]
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Sunday, January 24 2016 The Brave Israeli Soldiers and the Palestinian Pothole Attack עמירה Read Amira Hass’s story in Ha’aretz http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.698402
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Sunday, July 12 2015 Bi’r al-‘Id By David Shulman 11222527_1113451308669883_4752959088287722133_n July 11, 2015 From early morning, when the air is still almost cool, until noon, when the sky is aflame, we work on the rock-and-dirt path to Bi’r al-‘Id. First you gather the medium-size rocks from the side of the road and the hill and arrange them in even rows; then you gather many bucketfuls of gravel and sand, scraped with rakes and picks from the caked surface of the soil, and pour this over the rocks; then you cover it all with earth carried in buckets from wherever you […]
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Thursday, June 27 2013 On Authors, Porta-Potties, and Other things by Amitai Ben-Abba A blow to the ribs is the small token I received from the soldiers for coming once again to accompany people to their land in Umm al-Ara’is. This time we staged some resistance. We approached the land from three different directions. In a sub-group of five we entered from the south and met confused soldiers telling us we are not allowed to go further. We told them there is absolutely no legal justification to stop us as we kept on roaming through. They demanded our ID’s but we dismissed them […]
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Wednesday, June 19 2013 The Struggle for Being by Amitai Ben-Abba In the insane, maniacal strive to live life at its fullest I have found the most meaning in the perseverance and generosity of the Palestinian strugglers in the South Hebron Hills. The mechanics of disenfranchisement are so horrendously well-oiled, that the strugglers of the Wild South resist simply by being. And so, the rest of us, that come from safe(r) surroundings and secure(r) socioeconomic backgrounds, resist simply by being with them. That is the meaning of Ta’ayush – living together, living the end of apartheid and separate-ness. Waking up at […]
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Saturday, July 31 2010 A Solidarity Visit and Work Day in El-Arakib On Saturday we went on a solidarity visit and work day in El-Arakib.  This unrecognized village north of Beer Sheva was demolished to its foundation four days before.  Eye witness accounts of the demolition can be found here and here; the village was razed in order to plant a JNF forest.  When we arrived in the village it seemed like the a parking lot at the seashore, full of the buses and cars which had brought the hundreds of activists from all corners of the country, those who came to […]
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Saturday, January 9 2010 Repair workday in Bir- al-‘Id Last Saturday some ten activists, Israelis and Internationals, went to Bir al-id in order to help the residents with local repair work. On this Saturday work was concentrated on two cisterns which had to be emptied of the dirt which had collected in them over the years, when the residents had not been allowed to live in this place. The work proceeded with no problems except for sweat, sore muscles and the growing exhaustion from filling baskets with obstinate muddy earth. However, the very fact that on this day the […]
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