by Cecile Gault
- What remains of the village’s elementary school
‟The Israelis want to create a de facto situation [of abandoned territories] by scaring or forcing people away from their homes,” Douglas said. ‟They also want control over these lands because they are strategically located close to the Jordan valley and they want to monitor what’s going on the other side.”
- Atif Hussein Ahmed Hanani (left) and two other villagers
Last week, over a hundred soldiers came to the village, knocking on each door to force the occupants out, house by house so the villagers could not regroup. As Hanani was trying to save whatever little possessions he could, they tried to beat him, but their captain prevented it. Each family had gathered their belongings and put them to the side so they would not be destroyed along with the houses. The soldiers however, according to Hanani, ordered them to put them back inside and demolished everything while they watched, powerless, from afar.
‟We were too scared of the soldiers to do anything,” he said. Then army threatened to confiscate the animals if the shepherds rebuild again.