Haaretz, Nov. 30, 2015

“It’s hardest for the mothers. They bawl the whole time. It takes them about 10 days before they forget.”

The mothers in question are the ewes who gave birth not long ago, and they are bawling because the top brass of the Israel Defense Forces has decided to separate them from their young lambs, which they have not yet forgotten. The speaker is the owner of the flock, Jamal Hanina of Qalqilyah.

[...] “The lambs are weak, it took them time to get used to this powdered milk,” he continued. “It took them time to get used to suckling from the buckets’ artificial teats. They were used to their mothers’ warmth. In the normal course of things, they ought to suckle from their mothers. And they missed them.”

[...] For the benefit of the settlements, the fence in this area especially separated Palestinian villages from their lands. It cut villages off from towns and cut towns off from cities. Now, it is also separating nursing ewes from their lambs.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Office said that “the policy of not allowing flocks of sheep to cross through the Habla gate was instituted for security reasons” – surprise, surprise. It added that the policy “is now under review.”


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