Wednesday, March 8 2017 March 6, 2017 – Al-Hammeh, Jordan Valley By David Shulman 1. 8:30 AM. Four settlers, more boys than men, block our way as we follow the shepherds up the mountain. One of them is before his army service. They all belong to the new illegal outpost that we’ve watched grow from a few wooden rafters to a fairly substantial set of dwellings, already attached to the water and electricity grids. It was set up where it could do the most damage to the Palestinians of al-Hammeh, cutting off their only route to the grazing grounds outside the […]
Saturday, March 4 2017 Saturday, 4.3.17 – activity in the South Hebron Hills Today at the South Hebron Hills, we accompanied Palestinian shepherds from Um el Amad to their grazing land near the Israeli settlement Otniel. It has been two years since we visited this beautiful place, until this week soldiers arrested two young shepherds, they beat them and in the middle of the night they dropped them somewhere to look for their way home. Was a quiet day where we arrived with the herd everywhere we wanted. Could have been completely pastoral if not for the line of soldiers guarding we won’t […]
Sunday, January 8 2017 January 7, 2017 Asael, Susya, Twaneh, Umm al-Khair text by David Shulman photo by Dood Evan 1. Asael, possibly the ugliest of all the illegal outposts in the southern West Bank—and the competition is fierce—is rapidly expanding. Yellow bulldozers, parked at the perimeter fence of the settlement, have carved out a huge swathe of intermeshed, criss-crossing gashes in the hill and valley just below. This wide, deep wound in the soil has been sliced, needless to say, through privately owned Palestinian land. We know the families. We’ve plowed here, on the edge of the outpost. There have been […]
Saturday, January 7 2017 7.1.2017 Ta’ayush activity in the Jordan Valley We paid a visit to two Israeli outposts and heard how the settlers and army are threatening the Palestinian communities on a daily basis. With dogs, vehicles driving into the herd, just pick your method. We met a shepherd who insisted she is not afraid and was quite an inspiration.
Saturday, December 24 2016 Saturday activity, December 24th It’s plowing season. We escorted people to their lands, to places that they unfortunately were not able to access with out us. In the picture: a land near the military base of Susya. The soldiers told the farmers not to come or they will bring the entire army on them. Today was quiet, cold and a bit rainy. picture: Guy Butavia.
Sunday, December 11 2016 Palestine: The End of the Bedouins? One way to tell the story of the Middle East as a whole is to describe the endemic struggle between peripatetic nomads and settled peasant farmers—a struggle attested already in ancient Mesopotamian documents. For centuries, all the political regimes of the region have tried, with varying success, to get the Bedouin to come to rest on the land. But in Israel and in the occupied territories we see, alongside this familiar policy, persistent attempts to uproot Bedouin populations who have already settled on the land, sometimes generations ago, and who […]
Sunday, December 4 2016 An Introductory Evening in Jerusalem with Ta’ayush for Facebook event Ta’ayush invites you to a meeting centered on our activity in the South Hebron Hills and the Jordan Valley. Monday, 12.12.2016, 20:00, Barbur Gallery, 6 Shirizli St., Nakhlaot, Jerusalem Ta’ayush activists go weekly to the Occupied Territories to accompany Palestinian farmers and shepherds and to help local communities in their constant struggle against house demolitions. In Ta’ayush, Jews and Palestinians come together in direct action against the occupation. Get to know the actual reality in the West Bank and join our struggle in order to make a […]