B'Tselem, 14 January 2013

Fatmeh Abu Sabha in a cave used as a sheep-pen. Photo: Oren Ziv, Activestills.org, 30 Jan. 2013.
Fatmeh Abu Sabha in a cave used as a sheep-pen. Photo: Oren Ziv, Activestills.org, 30 Jan. 2013.

 The military won’t let us build homes made of stone or concrete.

[...] Despite this hard life, the Israeli military and the [Civil] Administration won’t leave us alone. Twelve years ago, military bulldozers came upon us by surprise and demolished everything in the village.

[...] Over the last few months, we have heard that the Israeli military is planning to evict us and other villages as well, saying that this area is being used for military training. I don’t know how true this is. For me, it’s a question of life and death. I would prefer that the soldiers shoot me rather than expel me from the village. I have nowhere to go, and I won’t live with my married children’s families in the city of Yatta. I’d prefer to die like my husband, who died here. I’ve spent my whole life here.