Thursday, December 28, 2006
Al Khadir faces the wall
posted by: [jimiffondu] at 6:40 PM
Thanks to Whirling McDervish for this report...

Al Khadar community, right in the centre of the Bethlehem district, stands to lose the vast majority of its farmland if construction of the separation wall continues unheeded. Here the proposed route of the wall’s construction serves as a perfect example of Israeli policy in commandeering as much West Bank land and resources as possible. In brief, the wall, as a whole, does not stick to the pre-1967 borders but fully violates this UN recognised ‘green line’ between Israel and the West Bank. Snaking into the West Bank up to 11Km in places and all but severing the West Bank between Bethlehem and the Dead Sea, the wall is now outwardly a tool to segregate Palestinian communities and surround established, as well as new, internationally illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

In the not too distant past Al Khadar would have been home to a predominantly self-sufficient community of small holders and pastoralists, even an important centre for produce saleable to the rest of Bethlehem, but the present day situation has put many farmers off even tending to their lands, jeopardising not only the quality of the land but claims to inherited ownership as regards Israeli bureaucracy. The traditional unwritten way of handing land down from father to son is sadly working in Israel’s favour. Without paperwork to prove ownership, Israeli bureaucracy will absorb these lands with little struggle.

Arable land is effectively cut off from Al Khadar by a busy Israeli highway. While a single tunnel beneath the road does exist and will continue to remain open for farmers after completion of the wall, access to land will be severely hindered in comparison to past freedom of movement. This raises justified anxieties about increased costs of farming hence loss of already low profits. Not only, it seems, is the infrastructure intent on impairing Palestinians from farming their land but, as we learnt, farmers have, allegedly, been party to severe harassment from Israeli settlers. We spoke to one farmer who told us he had been shot at from the relatively new static caravan settlement at the top of the valley, the bullet narrowly missing him, ricocheting off the tractor he was driving at the time. The ‘outpost’ settlement in question “Sde Baz”, a crude encampment of static caravans sits mockingly atop the hills of Al Khadar. The settler inhabitants claim to own an area of land equivalent to 7,000 square metres, bought from a local Arab for close to US$ 1million. The local Palestinians dispute this citing that it is in fact illegal for such a transaction without the consent of the community at large. However, as I was told by another local, this story is probably true, the former owner likely escaping treatment as a collaborator by fleeing the country. Whatever the truth, the outcome will be the same if the situation remains unchallenged. A settler from the encampment, pickaxe in hand, that we unwittingly bumped into as we walked across disputed farmland, told us there were ten families living at “Ste Baz” and expected there to be perhaps 50 within the next ten years. When a Palestinian friend remarked on how he could understand why settlers would want to come a live amidst such beautiful lands the settler replied “Yes, but you are not welcome”. Without even an attempt to hide intentions for this settler community to expand, he laid bare the fact that they will inevitably outgrow the originally purchased 7000 square metres, and with construction of the wall just months away these people cannot fail to see the chance for further land acquisition; land which they know full well, in all likelihood, will end up theirs or at least their communities. With the already fully established colony of Neve Daniyyel – part of the Gush Etzion block – expanding northwards towards Sde Baz, it seems that this caravanned ‘outpost’ settlement is acting as nothing more than, on the one hand an institutional land grab, on the other a private land reclamation enterprise. In addition, as the settler community itself does not seem a wealthy one, questions are raised as to where $1 million, to purchase such a relatively small piece of land, came from. Considering that this settlement is supposedly illegal yet served by a well maintained, drivable track, electricity poles to one side adorned with CCTV cameras, it begs the question, does this money come from the state?; and if not, at least from the vested interests of developers, endorsed by the authorities?

Israel, in its virtuosity (sic), supposedly offers compensation to affected Palestinian farmers but the culture divide is so massive, and suspicion so justifiably rife that even if Israeli officials were to approach these farmers with the necessary dubious paperwork Palestinians would not, rightly, sign a thing. I met one such farmer, at his family smallholding, who had such a visit after notification that 6000 square metres of his land was to be confiscated and levelled to make way for the separation wall. Days later a bulldozer turned up and ripped through his land uprooting every last single olive tree. He watched to entire ‘operation’, two hundred years of love and sweat destroyed in less than an hour and he was powerless to do anything.

These fields, he told us, had been in his family for at least two hundred years. His grandfather was buried on this land. On taking us out to the fields to show us the destruction it was hard to know what to say. Attempts at consolation would be pointless and I could not help but feel ashamed of being part of a country, an economy that is endorsing this behaviour. A savage, twenty metre wide scar, bulldozer tracks still clearly visible parted his land. He felt, he told us, like his heart had been ripped out, that he was up against a machine and powerless to do anything. As we drove away and left him on his family land, he took to his knees, and in full Muslim prostration put his forehead to the earth that would soon be lost behind the wall, accessible only through a military checkpoint.
Anonymous Anonymous
Join me and my circle of friends at,
an online social networking community that connects
people from all over the world.

Meet new people, share photos, create or attend
events, post free classifieds, send free e-cards,
listen music, read blogs, upload videos, be part of a
club, chat rooms, forum and much more!

See you around! Bring all your friends too!
12:34 PM  
Anonymous viagra
As much as viagra has rescued the people from the cruel grip of erectile dysfunction it has also proved to be a curse to many because of wrong conception and wrong interpretation of its functioning. People buy viagra with the notion of having an extra erotic night without actually having the need to. Nowadays Viagra is also easily accessible and anyone can buy viagra online. In addition viagra online is more often than not cheap viagra i.e. a discounted version. People can easily get Viagra from the online pharmacies using wrong information. But in this way they will harm no one but their own selves, so it is always handy to have a clear conception of the drug one is taking.
11:32 AM  
Anonymous viagra
Viagra is a drug that is prescribed for a very fragile disease like erectile dysfunction. Hence people prefer to go for this drug after going through the viagra info sites. In these sites people get all the information required and related to the drug.
2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous
boysfirsttime papi gay sex gay gay porn gay cum gay teens gay blowjobs gay anal gay teen sex gay fuck gay anal sex gay orgy gay cock naked gay men gay fucking gay teen gay blowjob gay nude men gay hardcore gay dick gay cum shot gay masturbation gay ass gay oral gay oral sex gay cumshots gay ass fucking gay cum shots gay xxx gay cocks gay blow jobs gay blow job gay group sex gay cumshot gay dicks dangerousdongs megacockcravers cock sucking big cocks huge cocks monster cock huge cock big cock massive cocks monster cocks sucking cock giant cocks cock suckers cock in pussy gigantic cocks massive cock cock sucker large cocks suck cock giant cock hard cock cock suck dick in a pussy big dicks big dick huge dicks sucking dick girl suck a dick huge dick dick in pussy dick sucking monster dicks suck dick massive dicks dick suckers captainstabbin anal anal sex anal teen anal fucking teen anal anal porn anal virgin deep anal hardcore anal anal cum anal fuck anal penetration first anal anal insertions young anal hardcore anal sex anal sluts anal licking mature anal ass fucking tight ass ass fuck ass licking ass sex ass lick tight butts butt fuck butt sex butt fucking
6:22 PM  
Anonymous viagra for sale
The disease called erectile dysfunction has strengthened its roots among the human breed mainly because of the reason that people are not very willing to share it willingly. These people can get all the information in the ED info sites. Through this information you can do away with their ED.
11:43 AM  
Anonymous Buy Herbal Phentermine Online
Buy Nexium Online
Buy Prilosec Online
Buy Premarin Online
Buy Flomax Online
Buy Glucophage Online
Buy Tramadol Online
Buy Allegra Online
Buy Phentrimine Online
Buy Herbal Phentermine Online
2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous
Viagra is used in the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction (impotence), but it is not a cure. Impotence can be caused by a number of factors, either physical or psychological. Viagra can help maintain an erection but it will not stimulate arousal.
7:13 AM  
Blogger reggiewhite
Generic Viagra is the world renowned medicine for erectile dysfunction and most men have forgotten they ever had a problem with erections after its use. Take it on empty stomach and it will work in 30 minutes. Erections can be achieved on stimulation.
10:05 AM  
Blogger reggiewhite
Generic Cialis works by helping the blood vessels in your penis to relax, allowing the flow of blood into your penis. The result of this is improved erectile function.
10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous
reside unseasonable hat this gratis [url=]casino[/url] it advantage someone's while at the impertinent [url=]online casino[/url] criterion with 10's of unartificial [url=]online casinos[/url]. brown-nose a encounter with [url=]roulette[/url], [url=]slots[/url] and [url=]baccarat[/url] at this [url=]no assail casino[/url] ,
the finest [url=]casino[/url] to UK, german and all as a over-abundant the world. so in impart on the treatment of the guv [url=]casino en linea[/url] corroborate us now.
9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous
Cool! ,
Erectile dysfunction, ThsiCr , Viagra Online , England , viagra online prescription, JI5170
3:08 AM  
Blogger johnnysmith
Generic Cialis is an oral drug, used for treating male impotence, also known as erectile men's erectile dysfunction. Generic Levitra helps increase blood flow to the penis and may help men with ED get and keep an erection satisfactory for sexual activity.
10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous
generic viagra
generic viagra
online pharmacy
buy viagra
buy viagra online
generic viagra
generic cialis
generic viagra
buy cialis
10:52 AM  

Post a Comment

Return to Main Page