Saturday, June 6 2009 Susya and Khirbet Safa By David Shulman It never, and I mean never, rains in the south Hebron hills in June. Days are counted on a simple continuum of hot-hotter-hottest. But here I am standing in the steep road at Khirbet Safa at 9:30 in the morning under an almost cloudless sky, and raindrops are splattering against my skin. It’s no storm, but still a kind of miracle. I put it down to Obama’s visit to Cairo this week and to his speech which—probably for the first time in decades from an American president—spoke […]
Saturday, June 6 2009 Accompanying farmers in Khirbet Safa We arrived, a group of Israeli and international activists, joining several groups of farmers in an attempt to work their lands. This time, as well, after about half an hour of work, all the groups were approached by soldiers and informed that the area was declared a ‘closed military zone’. As opposed to all the previous times, when the order presented referred to the current day or on occasion the next as well, the order present to us today was relevant for 15 days, and applied to all the lands […]
Saturday, May 30 2009 Accompanying farmers in Khirbet Safa Once again, Palestinian farmers from Khirbet Safa accompanied by Israeli and international volunteers were prevented from accessing their lands. After an hour of work, soldiers arrived and declared a ‘closed military zone’, and allowed the group 10 minutes to evacuate. The soldiers attacked the group, arrested two Israeli activists and using their riot batons forcibly evacuated the rest of the group, continuing to push them up the grueling hill all the way back to the village. The settlers of Bat Ayin rejoiced on the top of their hill, yelling “Death […]
Saturday, May 23 2009 Agricultural work and a visit to Hilltop 18 outpost Left Jerusalem at 8 a.m., with a group of 14. Khirbet Safa A small group of ours, composed of 3 activists arrived at Safa and joined an older couple, the husband 75 years old and his wife a few years younger. We accompanied them to their vineyard, in the nearby valley besides the Bat Ayin settlement. The husband had already been attacked several times by Bat Ayin settlers. In one of these instances stones were thrown at him and he was severely beaten, resulting in hospitalization and 4 months of […]
Saturday, May 16 2009 Safa and Hilltop 26 We met at the usual place. We split up our group and set off to the southern West Bank. My group was going to meet with farmers in the village of Safa. The other half of Ta’ayush was off to Um Zetuna. We arrived at Safa and met with the farmers that had been working since the early morning with a group of Israeli and international peace activists. The army had been quiet and since the farm land was in a deep wadi, it usually takes time for the settlers […]
Friday, May 8 2009 Action in al-Buwera Our group of close to 40 Palestinians, Israelis and internationals arrived at the al-Buwera neighborhood in the outskirts of Palestinian Hebron, where settlers have recently built a new illegal outpost. Our goal was to build a shack of our own on the premise as a youth peace center. When we arrived, in addition to the settlers there were also approximately 40 people that were taking part in a tour organized by the Mount Hebron Council. The settlers and tour group tried repeatedly to prevent us from erecting our structure while […]
Tuesday, April 28 2009 Accompanying farmers in Khirbet Safa Israeli and international activists joined a group of farmers in an attempt to work their lands. After an hour and a half of work without bother, many soldiers arrived and evacuating everyone, claiming we were in a ‘closed military area’.