Incroyable reportage photo: Umm Fagarah: Life in the Line of Fire
In the peaceful landscape of the South Hebron Hills, the occupation of the land is a daily struggle. Whilst life seems to be quiet and smooth; the Palestinian communities often have to forget their basic daily life problems to focus on a main issue: resisting expulsion from their land.
As 60% of the West Bank, the South Hebron Hills lies in the Area C, meaning it is under complete Israeli administrative and political control. Palestinians residing in area C live under harsh conditions in terms of land confiscations, house demolitions, and access to water and electricity. Furthermore, a 7.5 acre area within the district of Masafer Yatta, including twelve Palestinian villages or hamlets, was designated by the Israeli Army as “Firing Zone 918” or closed military area in the late 70s. In 1999, evacuation orders were issued to remove the inhabitants of the villages, claiming that they are nonpermanent residents and ignoring their ancient culture.
In Umm Fagarah fifteen families are living in caves, tents and few stone houses; farming and grazing, as their ancestors have been doing for ages. Secluded on a hillside, Um Fagarah is accessible only by a rough dirt road. It stands quiet, facing the Naqab desert.