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Salem Mu’tan, 100, talks about life in Burqah from his youth to the present day, and about his longing for the land to which he’s been denied access

View of the village of Burqah. Photo: B'Tselem I was born in Burqah in 1914. If memory serves, I was born here and lived here under Turkish, British, Jordanian, Israeli and Palestinian rules. Througho
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Nizam Mu’tan from the village of Burqah talks about his family’s inaccessible land and their financial difficulties due to village road closures.

Nizam Mu’tan next to one of his plots of land. Photo: Iyad Hadad, B'Tselem I come from a family that lives off farming and shepherding, and I’ve been working in farming since I was 13 years old. I hav
Testimony

Faten Nawabit, a high school teacher who moved to Burqah following her marriage, relates how hard it is to visit her family outside the village, and how the situation in the village affects her students

Faten Nawabit in her classroom. Photo: Iyad Hadad, B'Tselem, 1 April 2014 My family is from the village of Rantis. I was born in Kuwait because my father worked there, but we moved back to Rantis in 1
Testimony

Khirbet 'Ein Karzaliyah resident talks about recurrent demolitions since early 2014

Nihad Bani Maniyah, 40 I come from a family of farmers in Aqraba. I married Zuheir Bani Maniyah 23 years ago and came to live with him, here, at Khirbet 'Ein Karzaliyah. My husband is from a family of
Testimony

Testimony: Jerusalem municipality demolishes house; policemen assault occupant, 28 July 2008

Hiba al-'Almi, student My family’s dream was to buy our own house. In 2002, my father bought an apartment from Mr. Majed Abu ‘Isha, who had built an apartment house. My father paid $200,000 for it, in
Testimony

Testimony: Army demolishes village housing over 200 Palestinians, west of the Barrier, Oct. 2007

'Abd al-Halim a-Natah, 62 In 1948, when I was four years old the army forced us out of the village of Beit Jibrin . We then moved to Khirbet Beit '‘Alam, not far from the border with Israel . We lived
Testimony

Testimony: Army demolishes village housing over 200 Palestinians, west of the Barrier, Oct. 2007

Tamer a-Natah, 23 Until they expelled us, we lived in Khirbet Qassa, which lies two kilometers east of the Green Line and three kilometers west of Idhna . In addition to my family, which had been expe
Testimony

Civil Administration demolishes hut of al-Moher family on grounds that it was built without a permit, near Zububa Village, Jenin District, 16 May 2005

Hakmeh Al-Muher, age 68 I was born in Jaffa sixty-eight years ago. Following the 1948 war, my family moved from one town or village to another until we settled in 'Azzun, in Qalqiliya District. In the
Testimony

Separation Barrier isolates the Zeid Family Home from their village, January 2002

Na'il Zeid, age 32 , resident of Tura a-Sharqiya, Jenin District. I live in a house that was built in 1962 on an 18-dunum plot of land. The land belongs to the Tura a-Sharqiya village, but is located
Press Release

Alongside welcome, albeit limited, improvements, B'Tselem warns that so long as the settlement enterprise and the siege on Gaza continue, there will be no real improvement in human rights

The siege on Gaza: Collective punishment of 1.5 million people Israel continues its siege on the Gaza Strip, which began in 2007. As a result, until June 2010, 95 percent of the factories and workshop