Saturday, January 23 2010 Escorting shepherds and settler violence at Hill 18 In the morning we left to escort shepherds in South Mount Hebron.  One group escorted shepherds from Mufkarah to graze near Avigail (a settler outpost).  The escort passed without any special incident,  apart from an army patrol that issued several warnings and then left the area. A second group escorted shepherds from Tuba and Metala in the area of Um-Zeituna next to the settlement of Maoz. Soldiers – called to the area by our “old friend” Gedalia – tried to detain several shepherds.  But thanks to interference by one of […]
Continue

Saturday, January 16 2010 Shepherd accompaniment in the South Mt Hebron Activists set out to accompany shepherds in Mufak’ra, Umm Zeituna and Sala. In Umm Zeituna and Sala, the grazing went smoothly. The shepherds pointed out that they wouldn’t have dared graze adjacent to Ma’on without our presence, fearing for settler attacks. In Mufak’ra we accompanied Fadel and his family while their sheep grazed in the area near their house. These fields are located a short distance from the illegal outpost of Avigail, and because of past settler attacks, the family fears using the fields without accompaniment. A small group of […]
Continue

Saturday, November 7 2009 Planting, herding and settler violence in Umm al-Khir Today 13 Ta’ayush activists set out to the South Hebron Hills. One group accompanied shepherds in the area of the outpost of Avigail. The herding went quietly and upon completion the activists visited Umm al-Khir, where they helped in renovating a gravel road. Most of the activists went to Susia. The planting began quietly but was delayed by a technical problem with the tractor. At this point an army jeep arrived from the direction of the settlement. Four reserve soldiers exited their polite commander asked us what we were doing […]
Continue

Saturday, September 5 2009 Accompanying Bedouin shepherds in the South Hebron hills Over the last weeks there was an increase in settlers’ attacks on Bedouin shepherds near the outposts of Avigail, Mitzpeh Ya’ir, Havat Ya’acov, Talia and Asahel. Soldiers also started recently to participate in the effort to expel the shepherds from their grazing lands. Following an attack by a settler from the Avigail outpost on a Bedouin shepherd from Mufakara during the course of the week, and after the settlers’ attempt on Friday to persuade the army to expel the Bedouin from the area, we decided to accompany the shepherds on […]
Continue