|Road closure between Palestinian neighborhood and lands|
|House demolished by Israelis on confiscated land|
|Working to reopen the road on confiscated lands|
While there, I was talking to one young woman and asked her how she got involved in Ta'ayush. She said something like this: "When I was young I was really politically active, but then I got tired and stopped and tried escapism. That didn't really work, so I started coming to protests again. Then I got beat up by the Israeli police and that did a lot of good." While the beating was meant to intimidate and make her stop, it seemed to only give her more determination.
We stayed a few hours and some progress was made, but it would still be impossible for vehicles to pass over the massive pile of dirt, rocks, and trash that had been created...
|Working to open road in south Hebron hills|
|Israeli soldiers wanting group to stop working; activists documenting|
Once the work stopped an amazing brave young woman started shouting chants, some in English, some in Hebrew, to call out the unjust actions of the soldiers in that moment and the Israeli government in general. This standoff went on for awhile and then we left. At that point, we walked to one of the roads we'd unblocked and started walking down it.
|At one point when we were walking, we walked along a road. |
An Israeli army jeep drove right behind us.
|Pictures of abuses by the Israelis|
|For me, this picture pretty well sums up the power differential between Israel and Palestine...|