Protective presence

Plowing2On Sunday we received a call to be a protective presence for some farmers who where plowing. It was near a settlement of Mitzpe Yair and also near Lucifer’s Farm. The farm is owned by Jacob Taljah and he is known to be particularly violent. He came from South Africa after converting to Judaism and the end of apartheid. You can read a post from a former EA about the situation in this area. I noticed when we were close to the settlement, three tractors plowed the plot of land to do it quickly. Then when a man went to sow in that area, some women and I sat on the hillside and watched. Many of the villagers were there for extra protection also.

plowing4Cave1 cave2While there, some boys came with sheep down the hillside. It added to the enjoyment of the day. It was cloudy but the rain held off.

While Leif went to climb up to see what was on the other side, I explored the area a bit and found evidence of abandoned shelters. I went into two caves that had once been inhabited.
Later we hiked back to the road where our driver could pick us up.
That was my work day.

Posted on December 16, 2014, in December. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Moments of calm quickly followed by moments of tension… I cannot imagine living life like that day in, and day out. Thank you for your witness and presence in occupied territory. It helps to remind us here in Canada that we need to work for a world where all can have justice, peace and security. Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere


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Accompaniment in Palestine and Israel

In the West Bank

Life under occupation

A Mosaic For Peace

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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