on a clear day you can graze far away

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Ada Bilu and Elisheva Kravitz Translation: Bracha Ben Avraham


On a good clear  day - no Jews harassing - Palestinians can access their far-away grazing grounds...


06:00 – 11:00

We continued to escort Palestinian shepherds in the area of Uja near , the the Omer Farm, who suffer from constant harassment on the part of settlers from the illegal farm.   It has been quiet lately and the shepherds have been able to let their flocks graze quietly until they have had enough to eat.

This week several soldiers arrived with maps showing the areas where Palestinians allow graze their flocks.  Hopefully there will be enough grazing land until the rains begin and there will be additional areas where the flocks can feed close by.  The rumor has spread among the shepherds in the area that it is now quiet little more and shepherds are bringing their flocks to graze in the area. 

At the end of the shift we drove to route 90 and learned that according to the soldiers "All the stores in the Uja business center will be closed today from 08:00 – 12:00 following an incident in which a rock was thrown at a Jewish bus yesterday evening.   One of the soldiers explained that if a child sees that his father's store is forced to close for several hours he would think twice before throwing stones at busses."  We attempted to explain the futile nature of collective punishment and its ineffectiveness, but without success.