Saturday, January 7 2012 Al-Rakiz “I was born here, in these hills, sixty-five years ago. I’m a farmer, and these are my lands. We have all the deeds of title: first the Jordanians issued one set, stamped and sealed, in 1953, and then again in 1963, and the Israeli courts have confirmed them. No one can take my land from me. This morning I have come to plow.” Ahmad Muhammad is heavy-set, his face a palimpsest of wrinkles, his voice jagged and melodious. He lives in al-Rakiz, a tiny khirbeh just over the ridge. It wasn’t […]
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Saturday, January 22 2011 escorting shepherds in Um Elkhir, cleaning a cistern in Bir El Id In the morning we went out with the shepherds. As we reached the pastures, forces of the border police and the army arrived and asked to see our papers, but nothing more. The shepherds went down into the wadi with the flocks and we returned to the village and from there to Bir El Id. We saw the progress of cleaning the cistern, on which the Civil Authority only allowed one week’s work. From there we continued to Palestinian Susya. We found that the settlers were pitching a huge tent […]
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Saturday, January 15 2011 escorting the plowing at Bnei Naim and repairing a cistern In the course of the morning we were approached by a peasant from Bnei Naim who came to plow his land and said that the soldiers wouldn’t let him get to it. He was with two of his sons, a horse and a plow. For six years he had been prevented from reaching his land. Some of the trees were dry and neglected, some had been cut down, unpicked olives lay on the ground and unpicked almonds were left on the trees. We discovered that the soldiers had prevented him […]
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Saturday, January 8 2011 cleaning the cistern in Bir El Id As on every Saturday we set out for the South Hebron hills. When we arrived in order to continue the work of cleaning the cistern in Bir El Id, the army appeared and declared that already the day before the area had been designated a “closed military zone”. The order had been issued contrary to the instructions of the legal adviser and the High Court injunction. Five activists were arrested and released in the afternoon. Other activists managed to visit Bir El Id and encourage Haj Ziad who had been […]
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Saturday, December 25 2010 ‘Am al-Ara’is and Bi’r al-‘Id – By David Shulman It’s colder than I expected this Christmas morning in South Hebron. I shiver in the thin sunlight as ‘Id plows his field, immediately adjacent to the hothouses of Israeli Susya. The tractor chugs up and down the dry, un-rained-on soil, and there is someone behind it to broadcast the seeds in that ravishing, ancient gesture of the peasant farmer. A large fleet of army and police vehicles are here to watch, but for once they seem disinclined to intervene, to chase us away. We know our presence is critical for […]
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Saturday, December 4 2010 Attempt to pump water in Bir al-Eid Ta’ayush activists and international volunteers arrived in the South Hebron Hills this Saturday morning in order to assist Hajj Ziad in pumping water from a Palestinian well. Avidan Ofir and another settler appeared, and again created a provocation. The army, in its turn, declared the area a closed military zone and prevented the pumping of water. A week ago, representatives of the Civil Administration had convinced Hajj Ziad to arrive at the well without “the leftists” and pump water without disturbance. He did so, arriving with his oldest son Taleb […]
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Saturday, November 20 2010 Plowing, attempt to pump water in Bir al-Eid and settler violence Recently, harassment by the settlers and the army has worsened. The previous Thursday, for example, Nasser Nawaje from Susiya was beaten by a group of soldiers; he had attempted to protect a child from this same group. The beating causing swelling in his face, and he was hospitalized. On Saturday morning some fifteen Ta’ayush activists headed out from Jerusalem to the South Hebron Hills to assist Palestinian farmers in plowing their lands. A group of seven activists joined Hajj Ziad from Bir al-Eid to protect him while he pumped water […]
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Saturday, October 16 2010 Drawing water in Bir El-Eid Once again we left to assist the residents of Bir El-Eid in drawing water from the wells between their village and the outpost of Mitzpeh Ya’ir. As in the past, the settlers persisted in their efforts to prevent the Palestinians from reaching the well. In order to keep the tradition of South Mount Hebron, the soldiers stood on the settlers’ side. The area was declared a ‘closed military zone’ for the Palestinian villagers; but this didn’t stop many more settlers from arriving at the well, with the soldiers and police […]
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