Sansana (Meitar Crossing), South Hebron Hills, Susiya

Observers: 
Ariella (photos and report) and Mohammad; Translator: Tal H.
27/03/2018
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Morning

This time we chose to drive to Susya, pay a visit to Azam and his family and see how they are going through this rough patch as the sword of demolition and expulsion waves above their heads yet again.

Three days before Passover, at Meitar Checkpoint, nothing special is noted. The car park is full of vehicles, apparently anyone permitted to work in Israel is doing so, using the last days before Israel imposes closureinfo-icon on the West bank for the Jewish holiday week.

Nearing Susya we noted business not as usual: flags were waving and many vehicles arrived at the village. Apparently the Palestinian Minister of Infrastructures came to the village in honor of the International Women’s Day that took place that month, to bestow honorary certificates to ten of the village women for their persistence and determination in struggling for years for their existence in this harsh place (in Arabic this is called “sumud”, holding on).

Unfortunately we could not stay there until the end of the ceremony in order to talk with people.

Photographer: 
Ariela Slonim
Photographer: 
Ariela Slonim

As happens every time we visit Azam and his family, I cannot help admiring the yard outside his home [tent] kept by this noble family. I noticed that the plywood used as their home gate is decorated by a pencil drawing.

Photographer: 
Ariela Slonim
Photographer: 
Ariela Slonim