Monday, August 6, 2007

Camels, water, settlers attacking Palestinians in Hebron



My time here is really coming to a close-it is hard to believe. The work is still going strong-I'm trying to get the evaluation instruments all set so that the mental health program can start to evaluate their work this fall (and send me data to analyze from very far!). I really look forward to seeing how the evaluation goes, as PMRS also requested that I put in measures of the impacts of occupation, so this should be really fascinating to look at.

Other things that have happened in the past week or so-

I finally got a good picture of a camel! I just couldn't play it cool anymore, and hung out the cab to get a picture.

This weekend, my partner's professor invited us to his village, where we got to see some wonderful springs
and meet his kind family. Our walk was beautiful, and we got to meet the mayor. Besides enjoying all the beauty-and great food and visiting-we talked alot about settlements, which surround every village here. The one that hovers on the hills over Salfit, Ariel, is actually larger than Tel Aviv. Salfit also suffers, like the rest of Palestine, from checkpoints and road blocks. The main road for the town has been closed since 2000. [For a recent story about Salfit: http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=24683]

When we got back home, there was more to think about with regards to settlements. In a previous posting, I talked about the illegal Israeli settlements literally on top of buildings and in the Old City of Il Khalil (Hebron). This weekend, a mob of settlers burned two Palestinian homes in that area (and prevented fire fighters from reaching them) and hit a man with their car. [http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=24554]

Also, earlier in the week, a 17 year old Palestinian boy was shot and killed at the checkpoint outside our village. Maan News reported: "An Israeli army spokesman did not clarify why the soldiers did not aim for the legs, but chose to shoot him dead." [http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=24475]

All in all, as usual here, life is rather intense. People are kind, the food is wonderul, the sun makes everything glow gold at 6:30, and there is plenty of work to do. [Amazing terraces in Salfit, with the old town on top of the hills]

1 comment:

Andrew said...

Hi PHJ team,

Stumbled across your blog and just thought I'd let you know that I really respect the work you're doing in Palestine. I myself am working to set up a hospital in rural western Nepal and have really understood the difficulties of working on the ground in resource-poor settings. Best of luck to you in your endeavors.

-Andrew