Bruqin, Haris, Kufr alDik

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Natalie Cohen, Naomi Bentsur (reporting), Nadim (driving), Translator: Charles K.

Hars, Brukin, Kufr a-Dik


09:00  We left from the Rosh Ha’ayin train station.

09:30  We arrived in Hars.  The director of the club wasn’t there; its door was closed.  The women waited outside.  Very soon a young woman holding a key appeared and we could begin the lesson.  We started with questions and answers using the vocabulary they’d already learned.  Then, using a text about a birthday, we practiced the present tense of verb, male and female, singular and plural.  The women were glad to discover that the verb endings are regular; most were able to construct sentences using the four forms with additional verbs.  The lesson ended with a speed exercise naming parts of the body, all of us moving in unison to the song “Yemina, yemina, smola, smola” [“Right, right, left, left” – a Hebrew children’s song], putting everyone in a good mood.


The tour:

09:40  We drive to Kufr a-Dik and then to Brukin.  Four military vehicles at the village entrance – two jeeps and two command cars, which soon leave toward Salfit.  A group of Palestinians working at the junction report that eight male and one female soldier walked toward Salfit this morning and didn’t come back.  They assumed the vehicles went to pick them up, but that wasn’t confirmed because none of them were seen again. 


10:45  We drove via Ariel to Kifl Hars.  The roadblock preventing anyone from entering or leaving the village has been removed and replaced by two military jeeps parked at the entrance next to the open checkpoint.


11:30  Back to Hars.


12:00  Back to Rosh Ha’ayin.  No military presence anywhere along the route.