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In photos: Growing up in Firing Zone 918
Published Sunday 17/02/2013 17:22
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In Khirbet al-Tabban, a village in the south Hebron hills, four-year-old Rimas Obeid is growing up under the shadow of expulsion.

Last year, the Israeli government said it intends to move the Palestinian residents of Tabban and seven other villages to make way for an army training ground it calls Firing Zone 918. The case is pending in the High Court.

Rimas, her three sisters, two brothers, and the two older generations of her family know no other life than farming and herding.

Available records date the Palestinian communities of the south Hebron hills to the early 19th century. Once semi-nomadic, moving between seasonal homes during the agricultural cycle, many families then settled in the caves that dot the landscape.

Rimas' father Nasser, who was born in the family's cave in Tabban, vows: "We are not going anywhere."

Doted on by her father, Rimas bounces around the village helping her brothers with the sheep, playing with the family dogs, and getting in her mother's way.

Not long ago, she slipped out from under her mother's gaze and walked through the desert to find her father, who was drinking tea in a village on a neighboring hill.

She startled the gathering of men, Nasser chuckles. But Rimas already knows these hills far too well.
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1 ) Maureen / Australia
18/02/2013 01:41
Israel, the shining example of 'democracy' that it is, needs its own planet! Far, far away from earth!

2 ) Ghania / Algeria
18/02/2013 10:58
very nice pictures ! thanks for sharing ! and the comment from Maureen from Australia is great !

3 ) Robert / United States
18/02/2013 15:22
I love and worry for the kids of Palestine, thats one of the reasons I follow this brutal,illegal occupation.every child should grow up in peace. My heart aches for them.

4 ) Raghda azzeh / Palestine
18/02/2013 17:36
I'm a Palestinian, my village name is Beth Jebreen , located at the same area of al- Tabban village. My family lived there since ever.. My 83 years old tells us stories about her parents and grandparents who lived and died in that village . Our village Bethjebreen was taken by the Zionts army by forse in 1948, my family ran and became refugees . My village now is a National Park and I have to pay a ticket to visit my village as tourist.

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/02/2013 23:35
To Maureen #1 'Israel, the shining example of 'democracy' that it is, needs its own planet! Far, far away from earth!' Happily, Israel already is its own planet, morally speaking. And we respect that. We don't expect her to conform to any of the moral rules we normally attempt to abide by.

6 ) World / Says
23/02/2013 20:18
Apartheid must end
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