Lesley in Israel/Palestine. Part 2

Posted on November 7, 2017 by Peter Donnelly

A grandmother shares her story           [Photo: EAPPI/Hanno]

First we meet Hiba, whose family have withstood one of the demolitions. She greets us and welcomes us to take photographs. “The bulldozers arrived at 9am. They gave us half an hour to take out our belongings but it was not long enough”. Her family’s two-roomed house now lies in rubble. Hiba remains calm as she speaks. At her side stands her granddaughter Samar, a beautiful smiling two-year-old girl wearing a ‘Hello Kitty’ top. Somehow Samar’s mother and grandmother manage to create a life of possibility in which this little girl can remain smiling.

 

 

 

 

 

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I sit watching the two men, elders in their villages. Their conversation is pragmatic and creates the internal unity that sustains them and their community. I reflect on Samar and her baby sister Dalia, and wonder at the grace and determination of the Bedouin people of al Halaweh who continue to welcome the stranger and love their neighbours in the face of constant adversity.

Full article here                     https://eyewitnessblogs.com/2017/11/06/they-knocked-down-the-wrong-house/