Soldiers guarding 'criminal tractor'.

Soldiers guarding ‘criminal tractor’.

Today we were again called to go to Susiya. When we arrived, the DCO and a military vehicle were at the roadside near a tractor that appeared to have been ploughing. We discovered that the tractor was ‘under arrest’ because it aided in putting up some water tanks for the village. These water tanks were donated by COMET ME which also supplies solar panels. There was no permit for having water towers so they also had to go. Of course, there is no way to get a permit which is needed for anything the villagers may want to build. That includes a toilet or animal pen.


Taking the tractor, trailer and water tank stand away.

You may wonder how the Israelis know that the village has received some water towers. Well, there are watch towers on most hilltops here in the South Hebron Hills. Also, the Israelis  have balloons with cameras. And, in some cases, the settlers would inform them. So if there is a new structure, they would know about it.


Kids trying to protect the water tank. It had been removed from the base.

Eventually the tractor was taken. An Israeli drove it into the village and hooked up a trailer and put in one of the stands that held a water tank. Then the tractor, trailer and stand were driven up onto a large flatbed truck and that left. Later another truck came and four water tanks were taken and another stand. It was a very difficult time. There was some appeals trying to save the tractor and some cried. I do not know how this can go on. Such injustice.


Nassar, a resident of Susiya, expressing his fustration and anger to the man from the DCO (Israeli Administration Office).


One of the water towers.

It will soon be the rainy season and the more water the village can collect, the less they would need to buy. Many of the wells and cisterns have been destroyed in this area and people are then forced to buy water at five times the price than the Israelis living in the settlements. Also it is ploughing and seeding season. The tractor is vital.

Tanks loaded on truck.

Tanks loaded on truck.

It is very difficult if not impossible for people to improve their lives. At one time, they had good homes and sufficient land to use for farming and shepherding. But every year, more land is confiscated and their lives made impossible.

I know it may be difficult for some to believe this goes on. But it does and it is played over and over again. We need to advocate for a peaceful solution based on International Law and UN resolutions. The Palestinians deserve the same rights and freedoms as their Israeli neighbours. Help end this injustice.


Some children wanted their picture taken with me. Of course, boys will be boys so he hammed it up.


Villager who was sowing seeds stopped to see what was happening. In the background you can see cow barns belonging to an Israeli settlement.


Some of the village.


Mr Nawaj’ah and granddaughter in one of the homes in Susiya.

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this blog will describe my journey as an Ecumenical Accompanier with the World Council of Church's Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel from September to December 2011, from February to April 2013, and my volunteer work with the Hebron International Resources Network in 2014 and 2015

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