Shuweika - as the army and journalists left, the settlers beat the ploughers, cut the fuel pipe and damaged the tractors

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madar and Michal (photographing and reporting) with Muhammad; Translator: Natanya
אבו קביטה - ילדים משחקים עם צעצועים שהבאנו להם
שוויכא - אצל מגורשי זנותא, פארס ומוחמד חמאמרה עם ילדיו

The shift was devoted to repeated visits to the Abu Kubeita family, which lives next to the Beit Yatir settlement. Since the war, they have suffered greatly from attacks by the neighbouring settlers and the Talia farm people, who now walk around in army uniforms and have a feeling of authority and power with which they attempt to intimidate and threaten.

And thanks to the 4×4 car, we were able to travel through difficult and roundabout roads to visit the people of Zanuta who were driven out of their homes and are now living in Shuweika, which is across the Wadi. On a hill on the other side, on the hill opposite, the settlers of Mitzpe Eshtamoa and the new settler Eliashiv Nahum, who from his new farm try to prevent them from grazing their herds and is trying to expel them.

Thanks to your donations, we brought them a thick iron net that they requested to protect their windows from the stones that the settlers throw when they come there. We also brought many toys, seeing that there are five families with many children there.  

We were happy to prove, as they told me later on the phone and photographed, that we finally managed to help them arrange the transportation of the students to the school in Imneizel, after a 3-month hiatus. Some unnecessary and cruel paperwork and bureaucracy of twinning between the Palestinian and Israeli military police.

So, with a delay of 5 days, they finally passed through the checkpoint on the side of Metsadot Yehuda, as before to the school in Imneizel. The family members say that the children who go out to play outside near the house are attacked by the settlers. I showed how close the settlers' houses are to their houses in the video from the previous report.  Also, the regular military security coordinator of the settlement constantly initiates threats and harassment.

 Two days after this shift, on January 18th, I received a phone call and photos confirming the matter: the settlers arrived and erected a fence closing the entrance to their property. I was also happy to hear and see that Attorney Kamar Mashrake, who has been helping them with their legal defence for years, arrived and began to deal with these offenses of the settlers.

The children were very happy with the toys we brought, especially the "horses". In the pictures you can see how they immediately started playing while licking the candies that we included with the games.

 From there we went to Shuweika to the displaced villagers of Zanuta, to Fares, Abu Safi's son-in-law, and his brother Muhammad. They live there in very difficult conditions and in poverty. There is no money to buy a gas cylinder, so they cook on a fire outside. This time they asked for money to buy notebooks and books for the school. Food was already brought to them this time, but there is no money, so thanks to your donations we brought them money to buy materials for the school.

Both Fares and Muhammad talk about drones that the settlers fly all the time so as to monitor their lives. Yesterday, one of these fell near them when the battery ran out and they came to pick it up. They say that the settlers just came to show their presence, to scare them and shout at them: Go to Dahariya, this is state land.

 Muhammad says that before the war he had just completed the process of obtaining a work permit in Israel and paid 7,000 NIS. He was waiting to receive it. Just as he received it, the war broke out and the permit was cancelled. The money? It went down the drain, of course they did not return it. Now he barely manages to stay alive. The day we arrived, two days after the renewal of school, a protest strike over the killing of a woman in Dura took place. They say that a woman sitting on the balcony of her house was shot by soldiers and killed. Why? There is no answer. Did this appear in the media? Of course not.

Fares tells again about Elyashiv Nahum, the settler from Havat Yehuda watching them from the hill across the wadi. Every time he comes, he chases away their sheep that are grazing in their territory. Just to scare.

And they are indeed afraid to approach his farm. He also talks about Elyashiv Nahum who came before the rain and simply ploughed the Fares family's field.

"I wanted to go and sort things out," he says, “but I was afraid to leave the children only with my wife, when my older children are not at home. They miss Zanuta. Here, in Shuweike, the topography is mountainous, and the population density is larger and life is more difficult.

He goes on and says that on 9.1.24 he was in Jerusalem in court on a lawsuit they filed because of their deportation. Adv. Kamar Mashrake helps them also there in representing them . In his absence, there were other people from Zanuta who arrived in coordination with the DCO. The army and journalists were there, so Yinon from the nearby Meitar farm, who came with many other settlers, simply waited for the ploughers to be left alone and then, when the army and the journalists left, went down to the wadi and beat those ploughing, cut the fuel pipe and damaged the tractors. The Palestinians didn't dare to take pictures as the settlers would have taken their phones.

But this is the routine of life there now.

On The Banality of Evil wrote the one who also wrote about those who the Jews were persecuted by.

And this is what the Jews are doing now.