The New York Review of Books, December 7, 2016

Abu Rasmi Ayyub amid the ruins of his village, al-Hammeh, demolished by the Israeli army on September 27, 2016
Giy Hircefeld Abu Rasmi Ayyub amid the ruins of his village, al-Hammeh, demolished by the Israeli army on September 27, 2016

Since life in the valley is insupportable without water, Palestinians have to buy and import water in tankers at vastly inflated prices. Remember that these are subsistence shepherds for whom the cost of a single water tanker is a huge sum—easily half the monthly expenses of a family in the summer. Simply stated, the idea is to dry the Bedouins out until thirst forces them to disappear, perhaps by migration to somewhere in Area A or even outside Israel-Palestine.

Touching Photographs, January 8, 2017



Asael, possibly the ugliest of all the illegal outposts in the southern West Bank—and the competition is fierce—is rapidly expanding. Yellow bulldozers, parked at the perimeter fence of the settlement, have carved out a huge swathe of intermeshed, criss-crossing gashes in the hill and valley just below. This wide, deep wound in the soil has been sliced, needless to say, through privately owned Palestinian land. We know the families. We’ve plowed here, on the edge of the outpost. There have been many bad moments with the Asael settlers, the ones we can see this Shabbat morning walking their dogs over the hill or praying to their rapacious god or swinging their children on the swings in the painted park just under their pre-fab caravans.

Haaretz, Dec. 20, 2016

Israel’s Civil Administration confiscated last week a trailer that Palestinians had begun using as a clinic in Al-Markaz, a small village inside Masafer Yatta, a town which in turn finds itself within a southern West Bank military firing area called Firing Zone 918.

Haaretz, Jan. 8, 2016


Two female activists from abroad and three from the Israeli-Palestinian group Ta'ayush were beaten in the South Hebron Hills.



"They threatened Danny: ‘We’ll tear you apart, get out of here.’ One encouraged the others the whole time to grab the cameras, and they started throwing stones at us − at first one or two, then pretty much all of them. There were between 15 and 20," he added.

The Washington Post, July 10 2016

In the Palestinian village of al-Mughayr, in the West Bank, remnants of flash bombs and sound grenades residents say have been tossed by Israeli settlers have been thrown to hang over wires. (Anne-Marie O'Connor/For The Washington Post)


settler attacks are designed to make Palestinians afraid to farm their land so it will be abandoned, declared to be under state ownership and turned over to settlements.