Saturday, March 5 2011 al-Tawamin (2) – By David Shulman End of winter, early spring: the hills of south Hebron are a shocking green. It won’t last long. Very soon now, unless there’s one last burst of rain, green will revert to the usual palette of yellow and brown. Already the sun is strong, a taste of the fierce summer to come. The rocky trails are white with asphodels in full bloom—what the Palestinians call ghosalan and the Jews call irit. On the drive down we pass dozens of almond trees, another white miracle, in their short spring flowering. I […]
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Saturday, January 1 2011 restoration of the cisterns in Um Daraj, solidarity visit to Susya and cleaning the cistern in Bir El Id Today we started with cleaning one of the thirteen cisterns destroyed by the army in December 2010. The cistern is in the area of Um Daraj and we reached it by a roundabout way and went down into the wadi where it used to be. Only the mounds of earth left by the bulldozers hinted that until quite recently there was a cistern here. We set to work on the restoration. We had spades, hoes and a pick-axe. The work proceeded quickly. In a few hours we had uncovered the […]
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Saturday, November 6 2010 Samu’a – By David Shulman Another good day, as good days go in south Hebron. This means two relatively hopeful reports in a row; my readers may begin to lose interest, or to suspect my judgment has somehow become impaired. Certainly, the objective situation, including much violence and terror on the ground in south Hebron, is worse than ever, given this settlers’ government that is contemptuous of Palestinians, blind to the catastrophe that it itself is creating, and utterly unwilling to make even the slightest move toward peace. Then there’s the virulently anti-democratic right, well […]
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Saturday, October 9 2010 Working the Hushieh family’s lands and attack on Ta’ayush activists’ car Ta’ayush activists arrived in the South Hebron Hills in order to accompany members of the Hushieh family to their lands near Susiya. For many years settlers in the area have harassed them and taken control of their lands. Moshe Deutsch from Susiya planted an orchard on land of the family’s land, and shepherds from Havat Dalia Har Sinai enter land and water their herds from the family’s wells. Recently the court has ordered Deutsch to leave the Hushieh orchard; Deutsch has ignored the court order, and recently picked the suspect […]
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Saturday, July 31 2010 A Solidarity Visit and Work Day in El-Arakib On Saturday we went on a solidarity visit and work day in El-Arakib.  This unrecognized village north of Beer Sheva was demolished to its foundation four days before.  Eye witness accounts of the demolition can be found here and here; the village was razed in order to plant a JNF forest.  When we arrived in the village it seemed like the a parking lot at the seashore, full of the buses and cars which had brought the hundreds of activists from all corners of the country, those who came to […]
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Saturday, July 24 2010 drawing water in Tawamin and demonstration in Hebron The village of Khirbet a-Tawamin lies south-west of the settlement of Susya. In 2001 the settlers, assisted by the army, expelled the residents of the village, which to this day was not rehabilitated. Some of the caves which served as homes for the villagers were destroyed by the settlers, others are used by them as targets for shooting practice. Last Saturday we returned to Tawamin to draw water from one of the cisterns which used to serve the destroyed village and bring it to the neighboring village of Bir el-‘Id, […]
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Saturday, July 10 2010 Pumping water from Twamin and transferring it to the cistern at Bir Elid This morning 12 activists headed to the South Hebron Hills. Their destination: Twamin and Bir Elid. The goal: to pump water from the cisterns in Twamin, which have been unused due to harassment by the settlers and the army, and transferring it to the cistern in Bir Elid. The residents of Bir Elid were already waiting for us with tractors, trailers for containers, and the pump. Joining us were some residents of Twamin that, at the moment, do not live there. Pumping continued for about two hours without any particular […]
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Saturday, July 3 2010 Transferring water from Twamin to Bir Elid and Harvesting in Id Mor This past Saturday we transferred water from a water cistern in Twamin to a reservoir in Bir Elid while simultaneously the lands in Id Mor, just below the cistern, were harvested. Not long after we arrived at the cistern, a settler trespassed and came up to the lands by Id Mor. Keep in mind, the land is privately owned, settlers have no right to use it without permission of the owner. But any attempt to get the army or the police do something about it is always futile. However, just […]
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