Earlier this week, farmers in Qwawas, the southern Hebron hills experienced harassments from both settlers and the military. Their small camp, which is without running water and electricity, is completely surrounded by settlements. Their farmland is reduced to an absolute minimum. They are not allowed to let their cattle graze anywhere near these settlements, let alone use the well where the cattle gets it’s water from.
Together with EA-colleague Mohanad I spent the night there and joined the shepherds in the early morning. When we arrived at the well, immediately two soldiers came down shouting from the settlement. After a short discussion the farmers left the scene, we were told to stay. “Why are you taking pictures?” one of the soldiers asked. Quickly I changed memory cards and told them I was sorry and deleted all the photo’s. We asked them why the farmers weren’t allowed to use the well. “It’s a military zone,” they answered. After 15 minutes we were allowed to leave. As we leave one of the soldiers shouts to us: “Don’t take it personal.”