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The demolition of a structure in a Bedouin village (illustrative). Photo by Eliyahu Hershkovitz.

What Happens When a Bedouin Builds a Gravel Path So His Kids Can Get to School on Rainy Days

By Dafna Banai
Originally published in Haaretz – November 30, 2015 [Photo by Eliyahu Hershkovitz]

The military has forbidden construction in Area C of the West Bank, which is under total Israeli military and civilian control. Anyone violating this ban risks the demolition of their building, sometimes without warning. That’s why Abu Sakr and his children, who live in the Bedouin village of Al-Hadidiya in the Jordan Valley, had to work like thieves in the night to build a gravel path. They need it so the kids can get to school on rainy days.

Every week I go to the Jordan Valley with my friends from Machsom Watch. That’s how I know that, for years, the children of Al-Hadidiya lived on their own in the neighboring village of Tamoun without parental supervision. Why? Because all the routes to the central West Bank were blocked with earth mounds, checkpoints, gates, huge boulders and more. No one could enter or leave. This meant the children could not study because there is no school for them in the northern Jordan Valley…

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