Episode #6: Right-wing extremists violent through the eyes of the children in Palestinian Susya





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Published on Apr 28, 2013

Right-wing extremists violent through the eyes of the children in Palestinian Susya | http://bit.ly/11NH8EW

The Palestinian village of Susya has a history of suffering under the often-violent friction with extremists from the nearby Jewish settlement of the same name. The security forces rarely deals with the violent and every now and then even support the extremists Hamudy, a child from Palestinian Susya is telling us about how he's experience these events.

West Bank Palestinians live under an institutionalized military regime of discrimination; they are not citizens, but subjects, and even in the realm of planning, construction and infrastructure investment they are being discriminated. Palestinian Susya is one of the Palestinian villages that never gained recognition by the military administration [even though its present location results from the military expelling the residents from its original site]. Therefore the village is not connected to electricity or water, and has no sewage disposal system, let alone roads or pavements; its residents live in slums of abject poverty and neglect. Directly across from them, in the Jewish settlement of Susya, illegal construction [by Israeli law] is whitewashed and supported by broad government support: infrastructure, parks, educational institutions and environmental development. Such conditions naturally generate continual tension.

An extremist minority among the Susya settlers exacerbates the institutionalized discrimination by invading the Palestinians' farmlands, and they often commit violence as well. The murder of a Susya settler by a Palestinian from the nearby village of Yata about ten years ago prompted the army to transfer all the residents of Susya by force, backed by violence from some of the settler extremists. Under the cover of that deportation most of the caves that had served as homes for the Palestinians of Susya were destroyed. After a petition to the High Court the Palestinian Susya residents were permitted to return to their farmlands, but in the absence of the caves were forced to built tents and shanties against which demolition orders have been issued. As we can see, the settler violence creates a chain of problems beyond its immediate consequences: a takeover of agricultural land, expulsion from the land and all the attendant legal problems.

Disconnected Video blog from Palestinian village of Susya # 3

In this post we accompany the children of the Shuneran family on their daily chore of shepherding and sheep grazing. One must remember that the area where Susya is located is an arid area, which makes it difficult for the farmers to maintain their livestock. Given that the people in Susya are not connected to the water infrastructure, they and their livestock are dependent on water from cisterns. However, the cisterns are often being deliberately polluted and/or permanently damaged, apparently by settlers from nearby settlements. Due to the scant precipitation in the area, the water accumulated in the cisterns does not last for the entire year. Therefore, the people in Susya have to buy their water from Israeli settlements, such as Kiryat Arba.

In the video Fariha relates that the settlers used to hassle the local residents even when she was a little girl, but the harassments have worsened in the past few years. Alhough the children in Susya behave with much more maturity than one would expect from children their age because they need to take care of their family's livestock, work in the field, and maintain the household, they are still kids with dreams, hobbies, hopes, and aspirations. The settlers' violence and the political situation in the area prevents Susya's children from following their dreams and fulfilling themselves, because they bear such responsibility for the welfare of their families.
"Disconnected" is a video-blog project that brings the story of 10 years old Hadidja and her family who live in Susya, a Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills, which is threatened with destruction.

It is not connected to electricity or water and, of course, is not connected to the internet. Susya residents live in caves and tin-shacks. A third world village that is located approximately 40 minutes ride from Jerusalem

Watch - Episode #7: Young palestinian poet under military regime | http://bit.ly/16a80nh
Watch -- Episode #6: Right-wing extremists violent through the eyes of the children in Palestinian Susya | http://bit.ly/1282BGb
Watch - Episode #5: Not Connected to the Education Infrastructure | http://bit.ly/WgHl1R
Watch - Episode #4: Installing biogas systems In Susya | http://bit.ly/164ohYl
Watch - Episode #3: Not Connected to the Water Infrastructure | http://bit.ly/16L3kTs
Watch - Episode #2: Susya's Elementary School | http://bit.ly/1eEpaZA
Watch - Episode #1: Introducing the Children of Susya | http://bit.ly/1eEpaZA


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