Sunday, December 11 2016 Palestine: The End of the Bedouins? One way to tell the story of the Middle East as a whole is to describe the endemic struggle between peripatetic nomads and settled peasant farmers—a struggle attested already in ancient Mesopotamian documents. For centuries, all the political regimes of the region have tried, with varying success, to get the Bedouin to come to rest on the land. But in Israel and in the occupied territories we see, alongside this familiar policy, persistent attempts to uproot Bedouin populations who have already settled on the land, sometimes generations ago, and who […]
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Sunday, December 4 2016 An Introductory Evening in Jerusalem with Ta’ayush for Facebook event Ta’ayush invites you to a meeting centered on our activity in the South Hebron Hills and the Jordan Valley. Monday, 12.12.2016, 20:00, Barbur Gallery, 6 Shirizli St., Nakhlaot, Jerusalem Ta’ayush activists go weekly to the Occupied Territories to accompany Palestinian farmers and shepherds and to help local communities in their constant struggle against house demolitions. In Ta’ayush, Jews and Palestinians come together in direct action against the occupation. Get to know the actual reality in the West Bank and join our struggle in order to make a […]
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Saturday, November 5 2016 November 3, 2016, al-Hammeh, Umm Zuqa, Ra’s al-Ahmar By David Shulman Three vignettes from the Jordan Valley, after the first rains: 1. We race up to the top of the ridge at Umm Zuqa, turn left past the army base. Suddenly a vast slice of the Jordan Valley opens up beneath us, rows of corrugated grey sandstone, the green winding sliver of the river, the pink hills of Transjordan—surely one of the most breathtaking views in the Middle East. Not by chance, settlers have started building a new (illegal) outpost here. I, too, would be happy to live […]
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Monday, October 24 2016 Get to know the people of the South Hebron Hills a wonderful new on-line project: Living Archive
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Monday, May 16 2016 Israel Prize winner on why he’s giving prize money to Ta’ayush | Photo by Amir Bitan | Prof. David Shulman won Israel’s most prestigious prize. He’s giving the prize money to Ta’ayush. Here’s why. For further reading: Haaretz AlJazeera The Independent
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Wednesday, January 22 2014 Read “Ha’aretz” article about the Taboun in Umm el Kheir Read the article by Amira Hess    
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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 […]
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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 […]
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