Sansana (Meitar Crossing), Susiya, Tue 24.7.12, Morning
Translator: Charles K.
Empty and clean, the laborers crossed long ago, no buses with relatives of prisoners.
Nasser calls from Susiya, summoning us; we spend the remainder of our shift there.
The village is empty; a woman tells us we might find the men at the edge of the hill, under the trees. Some were there, the rest had come down from the hill and walked along the path in the wadi to the southernmost hill, opposite the Jewish settlement of Susiya. A number of vehicles were gathered there: two from the army, one from the police and one of journalists, together with a large group of settlers and residents of the nearby villages.
It turned out that for the past two days settlers have been laying a water pipe from Susia to the top of the hill, which is definitely not included in the area of the settlement – it’s on the other side of the Sabbath boundary – and they’re fencing an area, apparently in order to cultivate it. The Bedouin claim the land belongs to them; there are, in fact, new plantings of olive trees. From the hill on which we’re standing we can hear only muffled sounds and can see the different groups moving around. Sometimes the soldiers separate the groups, sometimes they bring them all together. We left after being unable to figure out what was going to happen. It was clear that the incident would continue for a long time.
On the way back we stopped at the grocery in Zif to make sure everything there was still alright. We bought vegetables and went home.