Saturday, March 15 2014 Otniel’s settlers celebrating on Palestinian private land, soldiers seem to be impotent Otniel’s settlers celebrating and chasing away Palestinian shepheards and flocks from their land, soldiers and other occupation forces seem to be impotent. Umm El Amad, South Hebron hills 15.3.2014
Saturday, March 1 2014 Tuba, Shahin by David Shulman We find the shepherds from Tuba with their goats just over the hill from the chicken coup of Chavat Maon, of cursed memory and cursed present. They’re scared. In fact, I don’t remember ever seeing Palestinian shepherds so nervous. Last week soldiers came when they were somewhere nearby, in this same wadi, with the sheep and goats; the soldiers pointed their loaded guns at them and told them that if they ever came here again they’d shoot them. The wadi, even by the lunatic rules of the Civil […]
Saturday, February 8 2014 An Attack near Eshtamoa A group of activists accompanied shepherds on their private land above which the illegal outpost of Eshtamoa had been built. One of the activists was attacked by masked settlers and beaten with a stick. Other settlers threw stones. Pay attention to the soldier’s behaviour, then try to imagine what would have happened if the attackers had been Palestinians. Read the article on YNET in English
Saturday, February 1 2014 Watch Settlers control of Army & Civilians in Umm al Arais Watch a settler near the illegal outpost of Mitzpeh Yair trying to scare away a shepherd from Qawawis and his sheep, claiming the land belongs to “the People of Israel”. An Israeli army officer of the civil administration is asking the shepherd if he has “agreements” with another settler from the illegal outpost.
Saturday, January 18 2014 Umm al-Ara’is, Khushiyya and Twaneh by David Shulman It’s not a good time to walk through the fields. The first, tentative green shoots are pushing up from soft soil irrigated by last month’s fierce snowfall. At Umm al-Khair, the huge field we cleared of rocks and thorns last summer is now a miracle of Irish green, wildly at odds with the browns and purples of the desert. The light is wintry, crisp, more than sufficient to highlight the gap between good and evil. Still, we find ourselves moving rapidly through fields, stepping as lightly as we can […]
Saturday, November 16 2013 Umm el ‘Amad, Umm al-Ara’is and Susya by David Shulman By a miracle of sorts, we had a mostly peaceful day in South Hebron today; such an event is so rare that I thought it might be worth mentioning to you. In lieu of a more substantial report, let me just say that Abu Sharif and Fadil plowed three fields, with an iron plow and a donkey, on one end of the wadi at Umm al-’Amad, just under the settlement of Otniel– lands they were denied access to for some 15 years– and there was a slightly higher-tech plowing, with […]
Saturday, November 2 2013 An article in “Le Monde” about Ta’ayush http://www.taayush.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/TAAYOUSH.pdf TAAYOUSH Written in French by Luc Beaudoin In the Paths of Occupied Palestine—Part 1 of 2 Photo Captions (clink the link, above, to see photos in the original article): Bedouins from Um al-Hayyari having difficulty watering their flocks: the settlement in Carmel (right) expanding their military defense. Bottom: Ta’ayush’s Tamar confronts soldiers defending the settlement consuming Palestinian lands. The Oslo Accords (1993) between Israel and the Palestinians predicted that a five-year interim period would lead up to enacting the permanent agreement in which the West Bank (and Gaza) would be […]