Dura-Al Fawwar Junction, Hakvasim (sheep) Junction, South Hebron Hills
In Dror Etkes’ Facebook page Kerem Navot (the Biblical Navot’s vineyard allegory) we read about the emergence of yet another sheep ranch on privately owned Palestinian land near the settler-colony Negohot. We went there to see for ourselves.
We drove along road 358 and crossed the fence at Negohot Checkpoint – a new one. A reserves soldier opens the gate for us. Palestinian citizens of Israel who arrive unaccompanied by Jewish Israelis are usually not allowed through. On our way there we noticed a new sign indicating that the quarry, also situated inside Palestinian-owned land, belongs to the settler-colony Beit Haggai, about 25 kilometers away. The sign is new, although Beit Haggai has controlled this quarry for a long time.
Below – photos of what we saw:
The sheep ranch
The flag and water tank on another hill, closer to the main road and to the settler-colony.
We did not approach the sheep ranch. We were afraid.
Trail signs to the sheep ranch resemble the trail signs leading to the spring in Hebron, imitating legal Israeli nature trail signs.
The photo below shows a string demarcating the settler-colony’s territory. It was extended so that observant Jews may walk there on the Sabbath.
And this is the pillbox post. On the other side two orange-colored gates were placed. The entire way from road 358 to road 60 is in the heart of Palestinian territory among Palestinian villages of Area A.
On road 60 – barriers at Dura-Al Fawwar, at the Sheep Junction. Soldiers are also posted near the spring reservoir near Al Fawwar.
We entered Bani Na’im to check what was going on in the vineyard. To our surprise we found considerable army presence there – at least four army vehicles. There was no friction with Palestinians so we left. No pictures taken.
The photos below show Israeli flags upon the structures on Hill 22 in the northern part of settler-colonyKiryat Arba.
Land-grab from the Palestinians persists in broad daylight.
Two states for two peoples remains mere hollow rhetoric.
What is to become of us?