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Reference : V-P-IL-E-04138
Date : 27/05/2022
Country/Region : OCCUPIED TERRITORIES; GAZA; ISRAEL
Caption : West Bank, Nablus governorate, Beita village. This man participated in 2021 in marches and protests against Israeli settlers' attempts to re-establish an outpost in Jabal Sabih, in violation of the law. This led to confrontations between villagers and the Israeli Defence Forces.
Photographer : HABJOUQA, Tanya
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website article, 25.08.2022:
"It Has Changed My Life Forever:

Since May 2021, ten Palestinians have been killed, including two children, and many were injured or left with disabilities as a result of confrontations in Jabal Sabih in Beita. Amid attempts by Israeli settlers to re-establish an outpost on Jabal Sabih contrary to the law, Palestinian villagers have expressed their opposition in the form of marches and protests, bringing them into confrontations with the Israel Defense Forces.

Beita is home to 15,000 residents. Each household has gone through a misfortune over the last year. If you enter any house and ask what they've been through, it is either that they have lost someone, faced injury, or have someone in the family who is disabled or imprisoned," explained Saeed Mohammad Ahmad Hamayil, whose 16-year-old son, Mohammad, was killed last June.

These are five testimonies we collected in Beita about how their lives have changed since the confrontations started in 2021.
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We never left the mountain - Abu Jareh :
"My name is Essa Hamdi Maali. I was born in 1954. I am married with nine daughters and two sons. I used to be a construction worker in Israel until the age of 45, when I came to Beita to cultivate my land. I lived a quiet life until the settlers came.
The Beita protests involved the whole village; men, women, the elderly, and youth. We began our 'nights of confusion' as a form of protest – playing loud music and car horns over the loudspeakers turned towards our mountain and pointing laser lights at the settlement at night.

We sat in the tents during the winter days and in Ramadan. Our shared demands brought us villagers closer together. For a hundred days, we never left the mountain.
I'm tired. I can't access my own land which I inherited from my grandfather and father. We are afraid that one day there won't be land. We made a promise to protect the mountain. I have a recording of every tree to keep it for the memory. I had a little album. I know the names of all the plants here in Beita."
Original material : digital
Resolution : 8256x5504
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour

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