No posts for a while as things have been very busy. We are focussing on writing for the www.jordanvalleysolidarity.org website. Now there are ten of us here from Brighton and Sheffield we have been splitting up.
Last Thursday there was a wave of destruction by the Army in the Jordan Valley, starting with Aqaba, moving on to Samra, then a small community north of Jericho.
After noon on 7th April the army demolished three large animal shelters and a kitchen in the farming community of Al Samra in the northern Jordan Valley.
We have not had a chance yet to write about the schools yet, but last week, after a morning making mud bricks we got our first look at two of the tent schools which operate in the valley. We have since visited the schools several times, usually equipped with lollies and always of course spending lots of time taking photos of beautiful children.
Three family homes in Khirbet Samra received demolition orders from the Israeli army this week. The families were given the orders on Tuesday and given three days to appeal or the demolitions would go ahead
For the last week the family of Nabeel and Ghada Daraghme have become the latest victims of Israels brutal policy of ethnic cleansing in the Jordan Valley. Jordan Valley Solidarity volunteers have been staying at the family home with other internationals over the past few days to support them.
This is our home for the next few days – the Jordan Valley Friends Meeting House. Photos at http://topalestineinsolidarity.blogspot.com/2011/03/at-home-in-jordan-va...
On 19th July 2010 the Israeli army demolished 26 homes in Al Farisiya in the Jordan Valley making 107 more Palestinians homeless. They also destroyed the shelters for over 1000 sheep that members of this bedouin community owned, and have 'confiscated' the sheep and demanded payment from the farmers for their food!
Twilight Zone / Gestures to the Palestinians
While the prime minister is dispensing promises about easing restrictions in the territories, Israel is expelling hundreds of shepherds from the Jordan Valley