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On June 1, 2009, the tribe of Al-Hadidiya were given a demolition order for their encampment of tents where they live. Here is how the site intended for demolition looks like:
Suleiman’s tribe were given a similar order a day earlier, May 31, 2009. Here is the site intended for demolition:
The Suleimans had a baby born three months ago. Here is her crib, at the entrance of the sleeping tent:
Here is the baby in her grandmother’s arms. And her cousin, a five months-old, in his father’s arms:
At the Suleimans and the Al-Hadidiyas we were asked the same question: “But where will we go?”
The two tribes are families of semi-nomadic shepherds in the Jordan Rift Valley. I am having a hard to describe the precise location, we meandered on dirt roads. Look for the area around the settlement Ro’i on the map. All the tribes in the Jordan Rift Valley got demolition orders. Concrete blocks were put on the areas where they reside, declaring in Arabic, English and Hebrew that these are fire zones. The photos are from this week, July 14, 2009, afternoon hours.
Click here for a version in Hebrew.