Monday, November 21 2016 “Fire rubber at him, rip him apart…” By Amir Bitan: Last Thursday I had an unsettling experience. I did not fully grasp what had happened, and even now I’m not sure I fully do. I am certain, though, that I am neither the first or the last to experience such traumatic events firsthand. On Thursday, I joined a few dozens of Palestinians from the nonviolent resistance movement against the occupation in erecting a protest tent just by an Israeli outpost. We were protesting several things, but especially the demolition of homes (32 structures were demolished over the […]
Sunday, November 20 2016 19 November, 2016 Umm al-Khair by David Shulman: 1. It’s a rainless winter, so far, in the South Hebron hills: cold, grey, stony, dry. We spend an hour with Ahmad and his herd just after dawn, whipped by the wind. They’re from Gawawis, just over the hill. Ahmad has a seven-month-old baby at home. Like many of the shepherds we know, he also has a modern cell phone, which he delights in showing us. He wants a radio—a modest wish, I think, for someone living the excruciating life of the shepherd on these rough slopes. […]
Saturday, November 5 2016 November 3, 2016, al-Hammeh, Umm Zuqa, Ra’s al-Ahmar By David Shulman Three vignettes from the Jordan Valley, after the first rains: 1. We race up to the top of the ridge at Umm Zuqa, turn left past the army base. Suddenly a vast slice of the Jordan Valley opens up beneath us, rows of corrugated grey sandstone, the green winding sliver of the river, the pink hills of Transjordan—surely one of the most breathtaking views in the Middle East. Not by chance, settlers have started building a new (illegal) outpost here. I, too, would be happy to live […]
Saturday, October 29 2016 A Funny Thing Happened in the Jordan Valley Last Thursday “It was 42 degrees Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit) in the Jordan Valley. We went for another day of work and accompaniment with the villagers who face constant harassment from Israeli authorities, and we happened to be there when the Forces of Israeli Defense came to demolish a gravel road, the only access road to Al Hadidiyye, a village which has no water supplies except for the overly priced water tanks delivered on this gravel road.” Read more of the Jordan Valley here in a post by Radical Monkey Clown.
Friday, October 21 2016 the Jordan Valley: a report by David Shulman October 13, 2016 ‘Ein el-Hammeh, Harat al-Makhul, al-Hadidiye: A Report by David Shulman. Read more: here
Saturday, August 30 2014 Wadi Simsim, Tequ’a by David Shulman There is innocence, and there is the smug delusion of innocence. It’s not hard to tell them apart. I saw a lot of both today. Suhail was born in the tents of Wadi Simsim and has lived his whole life here, in the wadi, with the goats and the sheep. This is his world. He knows every rock. He never studied. He speaks only Arabic (the lush, musical dialect of the south). Yet he is a man of the world, and he knows right from wrong. He’s holding in a […]
Saturday, August 2 2014 Tequ’a and Umm al-Ara’is by David Shulman Dizzy from the dissonance. In the felafel shop off the main street in Tequ’a, the TV is perched high on the wall in the corner. News from Gaza in Arabic. A mother lies on a hospital cot, her face pocked with a hundred tiny, and some not-so-tiny, red wounds, probably from shrapnel. She cannot speak, keeps fading off into sleep (let us hope it’s not death). Beside her, a two-year-old child is crying, hopeless, holding her hand, looking at her face. The young owner of the shop scoops balls […]