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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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, August 28 2010 Attempt to pump water in Bir al-Eid Once again we set out for the well located north of Bir al-Eid. Already upon our arrival there, settlers hurried to sit on and block the well. The army too made haste to arrive, and, as expected, decided to prevent the pumping. Their current excuse: the pumping had been coordinated for a different hour. After a few minutes of threats, the area was declared a closed military zone, as usual in the absence of the authorized officer, the order having been approved by him merely by telephone. It should be […]
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Sunday, August 22 2010 The Settlements’ Winery Approximately two months ago we learned that the largest wine producer and distributor in the country, Carmel Wineries, is putting pressure on wine growers from the South Hebron Hills settlements to sell it grapes exclusively and thus to harm the local wineries.  In order to prevent seeming “loose lips,” and to duck under the ban on products from the settlements, Carmel is acting in secrecy and silence.  We decided, the activists of Taayush Jerusalem, to investigate the issue intensively, to see if there was any truth in the accusation.  Yesterday, […]
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Saturday, August 14 2010 Gathering Water in Bir El-Eid We left early in the morning to help our Palestinian partners gather water for their village, Bir El-Eid.  This time we chose the well located between Bir El-Eid and the Mitspeh Yeir outpost.  The operation took place at the beginning without interruption, despite the presence of the army, but quickly enough a settler arrived with his flock.  The settler tried to halt the water gathering with shouts and complaints.  We and the soldiers ignored him and continued the operation.  After an hour or so, a larger group of settlers arrived, […]
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Tuesday, August 10 2010 Further Demolitions in El-Arakib The demolition in El-Arakib this morning, the third in two weeks (accounts of previous actions can be read here, here and here) was entirely petty.  What else can be demolished in a village razed to its foundations less than a week previously, the majority of whose residents have in any case fled because of fear? We arrive around two AM.  The area is full of destroyed houses, reminiscent of the destruction of the Temple, and in a few lonely shacks, scattered over the area, lights in the doorways.  We spread […]
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Saturday, August 7 2010 Drawing Water on the Agricultural Lands of Khushiyah and a Visit to Umm Al-Khayr This week we continued the water project with which we have been involved for more than a month.  In the context of this activity, we come with the Palestinian residents to the wells, make sure that it is possible to draw water without the interference of the army or the settlers and accompany them to the neighboring villages which need the water.  The wells do not now belong to any particular village, as in the case of the wells of the village Tawomin, whose residents were expelled from their village […]
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Thursday, August 5 2010 The Construction of Another Fence in Umm Al-Kheyr On Thursday night we received an urgent call to come to Umm Al-Khayr.  Once again, the settlers of the Carmel settlement attempted to nibble away at the villagers’ land.  This time, they had begun construction of a concertina wire fence which could injure the village’s herds and children.  When we arrived, there were already many security forces: tens of soldiers, police, border police and representatives from the civil administration.  In addition, several settlers, security personnel from Carmel, a number of Israeli and international activists as well as Palestinian activists from […]
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