Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Another wonderful question from Alajnbiya —

I heard that they blocked the road to atTuwani? Is it still a problem?

In short, yes. Ever since February, the Israeli army has been trying to block the road between the communities of the South Hebron Hills and Yatta, the economic and infrastructure hub for the entire area. On June 5th, the army expanded a small barrier into the largest road block of the year. Using boulders, cement blocks, and earth, they constructed a road block taller than I am and impassable. Even as an able bodied young person, climbing over this barrier requires just that - climbing. A couple days ago, I road in a van around through a field where the driver hoped to find another way to cross and reach the road again. After about 20 minutes, they gave up.
The expanded road block

It’s cliche, I know, but it’s nearly impossible to describe the devastating impact of curtailing freedom of movement in this way. Currently, the South Hebron Hills are suffering from a severe drought - this road block has doubled commercial price of water and raised by 30 percent the price of transportation to the area. The summer is not looking good for the South Hebron Hills.


alajnabiya said...

I can't help it, I have more questions, lol.

So can you walk around it? Are there any health care facilities on the Tuwani side? Are there pregnant women who can't get to the hospital without walking through a field?

David Levee said...

Hello Ms. Joy,
I would like to comment to some of the naive readers, who have no idea, how many lies and half truths are embedded in your blog.
Some facts:
1. The readers should know that the road between Tuwani and Yatta is open and has been so for most of the past year. Cars drive through freely.
2. Water was never restricted. Tuwani was never connected to a water network; since they are an illegal tiny "town" consisted of a few shacks . In Normal life - they would have to get approval of the local municipality, or else they would be evacuated and/or jailed. Like many other Arab villages - they hook up illegally to water pipes and steal water, forcing others to pay for the water they consume. Were you talking about fair-play??
3. Drivers have been injured and almost killed because of sheep and goats wandering on the road, especially at night. Luckily, those goats were hurt, not the humans in the car, adults and young children. And you call yourself "HUMANITARIAN"?? No one drives around intending to run-over sheep. That's a sick thought. It's sick that your buy any fairy tale and blame the Jews/Israeli. I mean - Really SICK.
Did you ever run into a goat at night?? Well, one of my friends ran into a wandering animal at night. He was severely injured and hospitalized for a few weeks. The car was wrecked too.

All readers are invited to answer to my mail, and see how facts can be twisted and be overtaken by false claims and lies.

joy_in_palestine said...

Quick answers, David:

1. The United Nations disagrees with you. As does everyone, including myself and my teammates, who live in the area. I'm sorry, I don't mean to be rude, but you're mistaken.

2. Tuwani runs on wells - it's not connected to any water network and it never was.I fear that the situations you're talking about have nothing to do with at-Tuwani at all. I think you must be confused with another part of the West Bank.

3. The goats were hit in the afternoon sunlight, not at night. How do you explain 5 goats being hit by chance? The Israeli police report that was filed disagrees with your analysis.