The tragic hike that tas nothing to do with the landscape and land
|Amira Hass 30/08/2019|
The spring of Ein Bubin, where Rina Shnerb was killed, is still accessible to the villagers of Dir Ibzi. Neighboring springs have been taken over by Israeli settlers proudly boasting that Palestinians are ‘rarely seen there anymore’
In the past 30 years, the illegal settlements of Dolev and Nahliel and the unauthorized outposts between them have taken control of more than 15,000 dunams (3,700 acres) of Palestinian land. Of course, that has nothing to do with the murder of Rina Shnerb last week.
By means of violent attacks, vandalism of property and trees, military orders and locked gates, Israeli citizens and the army prevent residents of six Palestinian villages from accessing their land — groves, fields and grazing areas. The six villages are Al Janya, Ras Karkar, Deir Ammar, Beitillu, Mazra al Qibliya and Kobar. That, of course, has nothing to do with the wounding of Rina’s brother and father, Eitan and Dvir Shnerb.
Gush Talmonim, as this large area is called, separates Palestinian villages from one another and chops up the western Ramallah district into a number of unconnected enclaves. As we said, there cannot be any connection between these facts and the explosive device that was detonated in that very same place last Friday.