Sunday, March 12 2017 Saturday, 11.3.17 Saturday, 12.3, we accompanied shepherds in Um-el-Amad in the South Hebron Hills – was quiet, partly windy with a bit of sun, we set and had a nice chat, one of the shepherds showed me a video of an interesting theater play they produced in the university in Nablus, and then the soldiers came with a closed military warrant and told us to take off. We went out of the “closed area” and after a while got back to the village. Later same day we went to Avigail so to […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Sunday, December 4 2016 Kafka in Area C read this important text by Yigal Bronner
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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 […]
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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. […]
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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 […]
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