Olive Trees

Don't Say We Did Not Know #451

On Sunday, 17th May, 2015, residents of the Palestinian village Al-Shuyyukh, north east of Hebron, discovered that settlers had uprooted 750 olive saplings that those Palestinians had planted on their land.  This is the third time this year that settlers have invaded village land and uprooted olive saplings.

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On Thursday, 21st May, 2015, government representatives escorted by the police came to the Bedouin village El Zarnug, east of Moshav Nevatim, to demolish a roundabout. In Wadi Gharuan, near Road 31, these government representatives demolished a home. In Umm Matnan, near Ar’ara, they demolished a sheepfold. That same day they went on to demolish El-Araqib yet again.

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 אל תגידו לא ידענו

   ביום ראשון 17.5.2015 גילו תושבים מהכפר הפלסטיני אל-שויוח, הנמצא מזרחית צפונית לחברון, שמתנחלים עקרו 750 עצי זית צעירים ששתלו הפלסטיניים באדמתם. זאת הפעם השלישית השנה שמתנחלים פולשים לאדמות הכפר ועוקרים עצי זית צעירים.

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   ביום חמישי 21.5.2015, הגיעו נציגי הממשלה מלווים בשוטרים לכפר הבדואי אל-זרנוג, מזרחית למושב נבטים בנגב והרסו כיכר. בוואדי ע'רואן, ליד כביש 31, הרסו, נציגי הממשלה, בית. באום מתנאן, ליד צומת ערערה, הם הרסו דיר כבשים. באותו יום הם המשיכו והרסו שוב את הכפר אל עראקיב.

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Don't Say We Didn't Know #443

Reposted from Amos Gvirtz

Don't Say We Didn't Know 443

On Tuesday, February 17, 2015, Israeli army forces entered an area belonging to a Palestinian of the village of Tyassir near Tubas (northern West Bank) and uprooted 9 dunams of olive trees, claiming they had been planted in a nature reserve.

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On Thursday, February 19, 2015, government agents escorted by police had a demolition day in Bedouin localities in the Negev. They destroyed a structure in Rahat and proceeded to demolish Al Arakib yet again.

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                                אל תגידו לא ידענו

  ביום שלישי 17.2.2015 הגיע כוח צה"ל לשטח השייך לפלסטיני מהכפר תיאסיר, שליד טובאס ועקרו תשעה דונם של עצי זית, בטענה שניטעו בשמורת טבע.

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   ביום חמישי 19.2.2015 הגיעו נציגי הממשלה מלווים בשוטרים ליום הריסות בישובים בדואים בנגב. הם הרסו מבנה ברהט ולאחר מכן הרסו שוב את אל עראקיב. 

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Desert Snows

Reposted with permission from Erella and the Villages Group (https://villagesgroup.wordpress.com/)

January 9, 2015

*Desert Snows*

This time I am almost ashamed of the story I am about to tell, as the whole
world is dealing with the unbearable mega-terror-attack on France, and
while here in Israel people – even since before the attack - are still busy
with the unusually harsh stormy and snow conditions here at the moment. And
perhaps in spite or because of my shame, I should tell it.

I live in a farming community in the northern Negev, where the desert
begins. A place not blessed with abundant rainfall or groundwater. The
South Hebron Hills, too, lying about 60-70 km east of where I live, is an
area even drier than ours. Some of my good friends live there, mostly
farmers and shepherds. Year after year, as winter descends, I get a phone
call from Nasser, Ali and Eid who live in various hamlets in the South
Hebron Hills, asking whether rain has already fallen in our village and how
our fields are doing. They tell me about theirs, and about their water
holes – the main and sometimes only source of water for them for both human
and animal consumption the whole year long – which the Occupation
authorities repeatedly destroy, and do not even allow the Palestinians to
connect to other water sources.

All of last week we exchanged reports of the plentiful rains that fell both
on my village and on theirs. Today Nasser called to ask whether we were
having snow. They – at the altitude of 800-900 meters above sea level –
have been having snow for two days now, but they heard on the radio that
snow was falling even at 400 meters. “We are at 200 meters’ altitude” I
answered, “and snow is a very rare sight”. And since we were already
talking, I asked Nasser whether Ahmad and Laish (his children) managed to
put together the puzzle I had brought them last week. “Yes”, he answered.
“It became a family activity”. We continue chatting. I even disclose that I
did not take part in our weekly visit last Thursday because my back was
giving me too much trouble. “I wasn’t home either”, he said. “I was
working. I went to document the cutting down of olive trees in the area”.
Shocked at the timing (not at the sabotage itself), I asked: “What!? Even
in such freezing weather, in a snow storm!?” “All the better”, Nasser

“Yesterday morning”, he says, his voice sounding as routine as if we are
still talking about the puzzle, “during a brief pause in the snowfall,
farmers of Qawawis near Susya, and farmers from Yatta whose lands lie close
to Qawawis, went out to check the water situation in the water holes of
their plots. The holes were filled with water. Then they noticed 42 olive
trees, 32 years old, lying sawed near Qawawis on the side of the grove next
to Havat Yair settlement, and some 200 one-to-seven-year old olive trees
uprooted and broken near Qawawis across the road.” Thus Nasser. I remain

The water in their holes was given them by God. The sawed-down trees they
discovered were destroyed by men. With and without a saw. Thus I say to
myself after we are done with our  telephone conversation which was not at
all meant to touch on this subject. One more banal story. Another abnormal
episode that becomes normal in a reality where even the complaint about
evil-doing comes like falling summer rain.

*When the crimes pile up, they become invisible.*

*When the suffering becomes unbearable no one*

*Hears the cries any more.*

*They too fall like summer rain. *(Bertolt Brecht)

This attack will not make waves in the media. The attack in France, too,
will soon enough fall away like summer rain. They both belong to the
blindness of their perpetrators.

And God? He is present in the waterholes. The God of small things…


Don't Say We Did Not Know #436

Reposted from Amoz Gvirtz

The Israeli army  persists in its attempts to expel Palestinians from the Palestinian Jordan Valley.

On Thursday, January 1st, 2015, soldiers came to Umm Jamal, near the settlement of Maskiot, and demolished thirty structures: ten homes and twenty sheep pens and storerooms. Eighty persons remained homeless. The Red Cross brought six tents as well as mattresses.

The same locality was demolished by the Israeli army one year ago.

On Sunday, December 28th, 2014, government agents escorted by police arrived at the Bedouin locality in the Negev – Awajan near the town of Lakiya, plowed and destroyed wheat fields.

On Tuesday, December 30, 2014, they demolished a structure at Tell Sheva.

In Umm Batin, north of the Jewish suburb of Omer, government agents uprooted dozens of olive trees.

In Kseife, they demolished a structure.

At Ar'ara they destroyed the floor of a home. 

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Don't Say We Did Not Know #437

Reposted from Amos Gvirtz

On Friday, 9th January, 2015, Palestinians from Qawawis (in the South Hebron Hills) discovered that forty olive trees and three almond trees had been vandalised on a plot of land between the Susya settlement and the outpost Mitzpe Yair.

The same day other Palestinian farmers in the area discovered that on their plots, too, near Susya junction, some 200 young olive saplings had been vandalized as well.

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