Settlers kill and injure cattle in the Hamra area
Hamra Area, 27.11.2021
Ariel Moran, Taylor, a guest from the United States, Hagar Gefen (report and photography)
Translation: Naomi Halsted
Escorting Herdsmen in the Jordan Valley
7:00 to 11:00
The shepherd takes his flock to the pasture on the hills south of his home. There’s nothing to graze on, just a little straw, and the flock wanders further southeast on the lower slopes of the hills.
There is little for the flock to eat and we are at the end of November, but the shepherd is optimistic. He has no doubt that “it will rain in a couple of weeks.” With this hope, he keeps going with the flock. We are encouraged by his resolute spirit.
From the shepherd’s home above the settlement of Hamra, we travel to the north of the Jordan Valley to the hills south of the Shdemot Mehola settlement, where there are herds of cattle. On Friday, there were no escorts in the area and we promised to come on Saturday.
The herdsmen are agitated. They describe the violence of the settlers from the farm. On Friday (Menahem, Uri, Asael, Ayel and an ATV) broke in during the morning, killed a calf and a cow and injured another. One of the herdsmen, who ran for his life, sustained an injury to his shoulder.
We extract documentation of the events and encourage this band of determined men, while at the same time acknowledging that we ourselves and the escorts are even more helpless than the herdsmen. They are oppressed, injured, humiliated, but they carry on to another day in the pasture with profound mental fortitude.