Saturday, April 2 2011 Susya, Twaneh, Beit Umar – By David Shulman I wake at 5, enraged, for no special reason. Maybe it’s just the relentless daily cumulation, the noxious blend of racism, hatred and self-righteous nationalism that fills the public space in Israel these days. On Sunday I had to suffer through a speech by Netanyahu at the National Library. This is what he said: “We are the people of the Book. Our Book is the book, better than all other books. When it was translated into Greek, it immediately became clear that all existing Greek books could not compete with […]
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Saturday, March 5 2011 al-Tawamin (2) – By David Shulman End of winter, early spring: the hills of south Hebron are a shocking green. It won’t last long. Very soon now, unless there’s one last burst of rain, green will revert to the usual palette of yellow and brown. Already the sun is strong, a taste of the fierce summer to come. The rocky trails are white with asphodels in full bloom—what the Palestinians call ghosalan and the Jews call irit. On the drive down we pass dozens of almond trees, another white miracle, in their short spring flowering. I […]
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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, January 1 2011 restoration of the cisterns in Um Daraj, solidarity visit to Susya and cleaning the cistern in Bir El Id Today we started with cleaning one of the thirteen cisterns destroyed by the army in December 2010. The cistern is in the area of Um Daraj and we reached it by a roundabout way and went down into the wadi where it used to be. Only the mounds of earth left by the bulldozers hinted that until quite recently there was a cistern here. We set to work on the restoration. We had spades, hoes and a pick-axe. The work proceeded quickly. In a few hours we had uncovered the […]
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