|A new house has been added|
When we came to see them on this day everything was quiet, the men in the family were harvesting olives and the women with the young children were in the house. In the olive grove next to the road leading up to the outpost, there were two Israeli military cars and one police car. Since there have been quite a few incidents of settler violence the past years, the farmers have to call the army to come and protect them from any settler harassments during the harvest. Although the army tend to side with the settlers, they do their work - especially when internationals with cameras are around. "The army is more afraid of a camera than an M16" as the Yanoun mayor put it.
|Israeli army and police-cars|
|Protecting the farmer - two small boys watching|
We chatted with the females in the house and played with the children. They were all cheerful, however, they keep repeating that it is difficult to live here, very difficult - so close to the settlers.
And I am wondering - how can they appear so smiling and cheerful and welcoming when they are living in constant fear of being attacked?
I say "shukran" for the tea and the coffee and leave them - full of admiration for their courage and persistence.
This situation seems so crazy and confusing. On our way back I drive my taxi driver insane with which may seem to him naive questions - how can all this happen....???
|4 year old Shehed - already a proud schoolgirl|
|Brother and sister|
|Israeli settlers'grafiti on a Palestinian house|