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How can you weather the storm when you’re barred from building a home?

Day in and day out, the Palestinian residents of Khirbet Susiya see the solid, well-built permanent housing of the settlement of Susiya, established in 1983. Although there has been a Pal...
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How can you weather the storm when you’re barred from building a home?

Day in and day out, the Palestinian residents of Khirbet Susiya see the solid, well-built permanent housing of the settlement of Susiya, established in 1983. Although there has been a Palestinian village in the area since the nineteenth century, the Israeli military displaced the residents from the original site of the village, declaring it an archeological site, and does not allow construction whatsoever in the present location. The military has issued demolition orders even for tents and temporary structures Palestinians built there. In the face of the raging winter storm, this injustice is more blatant than ever. This is what it means to weather the winter in Susiya, as well as in dozens of other Palestinian communities in Area C, whose residents Israeli authorities are trying to displace.

Nasser Nawaj'ah, B'Tselem field researcher in the Southern Hebron Hills and a resident of Khirbet Susiya filmed scenes from the storm:

Tents in Khirbet Susiya against background of settlement’s permanent homes. Photo: Nasser Nawaj'ah, B’Tselem, 8 January 2015. Click to enlarge.
Tents in Khirbet Susiya against background of settlement’s permanent homes. Photo: Nasser Nawaj'ah, B’Tselem, 8 January 2015. Click to enlarge.

Tent and slide, Khirbet Susiya. Photo: Nasser Nawaj'ah, B’Tselem, 8 January 2015. Click to enlarge.
Tent and slide, Khirbet Susiya. Photo: Nasser Nawaj'ah, B’Tselem, 8 January 2015. Click to enlarge.

Trying to keep warm in a tent: Children sitting around a furnace, Khirbet Susiya. Photo: Nasser Nawaj'ah, B’Tselem, 8 January 2015. Click to enlarge.
Trying to keep warm in a tent: Children sitting around a furnace, Khirbet Susiya. Photo: Nasser Nawaj'ah, B’Tselem, 8 January 2015. Click to enlarge.