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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Saturday, August 24 2013 Israeli Army Officer Illegaly Prevents Agricultural Use of Private Palestinian Land As every Saturday, our activists accompanied some shepherds, residents of the Palestinian village of Umm e Amad with their flocks to their private land, near the settlement of Otniel. As on many Saturdays, an officer in the Israeli army decided to chase away the shepherds from their lands without any reason nor order, and while profoundly ignoring the activists who were trying to remind him of the fact that he was breaking the Israeli law. Watch the video made by Ta’ayush activist
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Saturday, June 29 2013 Umm al-‘Amad by David Shulman June 29, 2013    Umm al-‘Amad Ahmad likes to sing. Almost from the moment we turn up—around 7 AM, when it’s still deliciously cool with light wind and cloud—he’s been singing happily as he keeps an eye on his goats. Ahmad is something between a boy and a young man. Seems happy. So do the goats, feasting without pause on the varied menu of thorns that this hill offers them. The songs, too, are varied. They include the latest hit in Palestine, the song a young singer from Gaza, Muhammad ‘Assaf, […]
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Thursday, June 27 2013 On Authors, Porta-Potties, and Other things by Amitai Ben-Abba A blow to the ribs is the small token I received from the soldiers for coming once again to accompany people to their land in Umm al-Ara’is. This time we staged some resistance. We approached the land from three different directions. In a sub-group of five we entered from the south and met confused soldiers telling us we are not allowed to go further. We told them there is absolutely no legal justification to stop us as we kept on roaming through. They demanded our ID’s but we dismissed them […]
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Wednesday, June 19 2013 The Struggle for Being by Amitai Ben-Abba In the insane, maniacal strive to live life at its fullest I have found the most meaning in the perseverance and generosity of the Palestinian strugglers in the South Hebron Hills. The mechanics of disenfranchisement are so horrendously well-oiled, that the strugglers of the Wild South resist simply by being. And so, the rest of us, that come from safe(r) surroundings and secure(r) socioeconomic backgrounds, resist simply by being with them. That is the meaning of Ta’ayush – living together, living the end of apartheid and separate-ness. Waking up at […]
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Saturday, June 15 2013 Settler from Otniel attacking shepherds flocks and activists Today, Umm Al Amad lands, near the settlement of Otniel. A settler armed with a gun invades private Palestinian lands, attacks a shpherd and activists and scares away the flock. And all in front of the soldiers who do not stop him, and finally shake his hand.
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Saturday, June 8 2013 Shepherds accompaniment in Umm el-Amad, a mock arrest in Umm el Arayes and a real one in Umm el Khier Ta’ayush activists spent the Saturday (as any Saturday) in several locations of the South Hebron hills region, and cooperated with local Palestinians. On the lands of the village of Um el Amad, activists accompanied local shepherds and their flocks of goats and sheep, while they went grazing near the settlement of Otni’el. Unlike many previous occasions This time the military nor the settlers did not disrupt the shepherds. The shepherds noticed that earlier that week a new incursion into a different part of their lands that started last January, was […]
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Sunday, April 28 2013 IDF Major kicks a sheep, Umm Al Amad Watch the film made by Guy
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