Bulldozers in Umm al-Hiran. 'We guard them, and they kick us out'
“You see the two Baggers up there?” Yasser Abu al-Qiyan asked. There were two yellow excavators parked peacefully at the top of the hill. They had been rented to prepare the area for a new Jewish community called Hiran, which would be built alongside the ruins of Bedouin community Umm al-Hiran.
“Tell me, my brother,” Yasser continued. “Who do you think guards them?” Who? I asked. “My uncle,” Yasser replied. “We guard them, and they kick us out.”
[...] At the bottom of the hill, there was a barrel of water for the sheep. The bulldozers that destroyed the house poured out the water and filled the barrel with earth. “Why do the sheep have to suffer?” he asked [....]
What happened in Umm al-Hiran on Wednesday morning is a tragedy. An outstanding policeman, Erez (Amedi) Levi, a father to two small children, was killed on the job. He was killed in a terror attack inspired by ISIS, the police say. Their claim is based on an assessment made by someone in the Shin Bet. The circumstances, as well as the videos from the incident, leave room for two contradicting versions. The haste in which all officials, from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu downwards, adopted the ISIS version reminds me of the haste in which they adopted the arson story in the recent fires. These accusations sound good; they’re not necessarily true.