Wafa is 25 years old and a teacher in the elementary school in Shuqba village. She tells the story about what happened when the bulldozers came to clear the land for the Wall’s path in Budrus.

“On that day the Occupation Forces imposed a military curfew and they did not allow us to reach the school. They put a checkpoint between Budrus and Shuqba, when we managed to get to the school the students had already left towards the land where the bulldozers were working. I went with one of the teachers to the land, before any of the people arrived the bulldozers had already uproots 30 olive trees. When the people arrived clashed started and the bulldozers stopped working.

The women arrived first. They tried to reach the land but the Occupation Forces attacked them and began beating them and trying to pull them out of the land, using repulsive language to incite the men and push them to come down to the lands. On Thursday’s demonstration (January the 1st) it was the women who blocked the streets and burnt the tires. The women were also helping in taking those wounded by the Occupation Forces to the ambulances.

I was really shocked by the ambulance driver and his first aide worker who refused to go to the land in order to help me get the injured people up to the top, knowing that the distance between the land and the street is long and terraced uphill. Actually, the driver and the first aide worker were not helping a lot. The people were the ones who carried the injured up to the street.

The presence of internationals is important as it provides a sort of protection, as the Occupation soldiers would not shoot live ammunition, only rubber coated bullets, so they won’t kill the internationals. Also, people outside believe the internationals more than they would believe us when they speak of what Israel is doing.

I went the land because it’s my land; I have the right to reach my land. At least, if the Israelis are able to build the Wall, which I will see in front of me everyday when I look from my home’s window, I want to remember that I tried to do something to stop it…even if I couldn’t in the end.

The people in the village went to their land because it is all which is left after the Occupation confiscation stole most of our land in 1948. The Wall will leave us with nothing. Everybody is are angry, but anger is not enough—something should be done too. After this intifada, there is no living sources left but this land. We are a poor village-- the school teacher is the richest. What do you expect the situation of the others to be? The Israelis make us feel helpless in front of their machines and guns.

The more we feel helpless the more we feel angry. We are doing nothing. We just sit on our lands, the come and shoot tear gas, beat us with their battalions and shoot bullets at us. Every night they come to our houses and arrest people. They are trying to suppress the people’s resistance, but the more the Wall comes near our lands, where thousands of ancient olive trees will be uprooted, the more we become insistent on stopping them.”


Select (Ctrl+A) and Copy (Ctrl+C)