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In January 2007, B'Tselem launched "Shooting Back", a video advocacy project focusing on the Occupied Territories. We provide Palestinians living in high-conflict areas with video cameras, with the goal of bringing the reality of their lives under occupation to the attention of the Israeli and international public, exposing and seeking redress for violations of human rights. The Abu 'Ayesha family lives across the street from the extremist Tel Rumeida settlement in Hebron, West Bank. They suffer severe and frequent harassment at the hands of the settlers. 14-year-old Fida' Abu 'Ayesha has taken to using the camera as a form of protection, and as a way of documenting her reality. This is some of her footage, filmed between July 2006 and August 2007. www.btselem****
  • 14 May 2008
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In January 2007, B'Tselem launched "Shooting Back", a video advocacy project focusing on the Occupied Territories. We provide Palestinians living in high-conflict areas with video cameras, with the goal of bringing the reality of their lives under occupation to the attention of the Israeli and international public, exposing and seeking redress for violations of human rights. The Rashid family lives in a cave in the village of Haribat a-Nabi in the Southern Hebron Hills – right next to the Separation Barrier. In September 2007 The family made a video tape to introduce Israelis to their home and way of life. The tape also presents one of the children reading a letter to Israelis, and soldiers detaining farmers near the cave during the month of Ramadan, captured on film by the children. www.btselem****
  • 6 May 2008
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The army has fenced off the farmland of Khalifah Da'neh, a Palestinian resident of the Hebron District, attaching it to the lands of the adjacent settlement Givat Haharsinah. On the morning of 5 February 2008, a settler drove his car onto the farmland, stepped out holding an electric saw, and began to cut off branches of fruit trees. Da'neh stood startled on the other side of the fence, unable to do anything about it. The settler put the branches into his car and drove toward the settlement. This was not the first time settlers have entered Da'neh's land. In this instance, though, he filmed the incident in its entirety. Da'neh handed the video film over to the police, with whom he filed a complaint. Israel fenced and attached Da'neh's land to the settlement in 2004, classifying it a "special security zone." The state promised the High Court of Justice that it would enable Palestinian farmers free entry to their fenced land, and would prohibit settlers from entering. The Da'neh case shows that the reality is just the opposite: absurdly, Israel does not permit entry of Palestinian landowners to "special security zones," yet enables settlers to enter the land as they wish. www.btselem****
  • 4 May 2008
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The Bidu-Qatanna village bloc, in Ramallah District, suffers from a severe water shortage, as do many other areas in the Occupied Territories . Mekorot, the Israeli water company, supplies only one-half of the water consumed by the 50,000 villagers of this area. To meet the rest of their water needs, the villagers have to buy water from private suppliers at a much higher price and store it in unsanitary conditions. As a result, the residents are forced to consume poor-quality water and use it in small quantities. Meanwhile, the 3,000 settlers in the nearby settlement of Har Adar receive an unlimited amount of water, which comes from the same reservoir. (September 2007). www.btselem****
  • 4 May 2008
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Route 443 serves Israeli commuters traveling between the two largest cities in Israel – Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The road runs through the West Bank, but Palestinians are strictly prohibited from using it. In the past, Route 443 was the main thoroughfare serving the southern Ramallah district. In 1988, Israel expropriated land from Palestinian villagers living along the road in order to widen it, claiming that the road would serve their villages as well. However in 2002, the army prohibited Palestinian traffic on the road, stating 'security reasons'. www.btselem****
  • 30 Apr 2008
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