Escorting Shepherds in the Jordan Valley (February 20-26, 2022)
The symbol of the week’s escorting was the tumbleweed (Gundelia tournefortii), which guides the flocks in the pasture, and the shepherd who is busy gathering it (see photo).
It was a “quiet” week with the noticeable persistent presence of flocks belonging to the settlers grazing close by the Palestinians’ flocks, and with cattle turned loose by the settlers to nibble at the fields sown and cultivated by other shepherds.
All of this, amid the growing presence of internal tourism to an illegal lookout structure built by a settler from down below. Evidently, with all the visitors’ cars coming to the area around the lookout, the settler did not carry out his routine abuse this time.