40 Years of Torture in a Place Where a Palestinian Village and an Israeli Settlement Converge

With a blue hummingbird flitting over a rock and carpets of yellow flowers, you could forget Hajj Sami’s pain, but only until you see the olives darkening on the trees, unpicked, and the overgrowth of thistles.

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I met Hajj Sami from the northern West Bank village of Zawiyyeh in August. A joint acquaintance called to tell me that Hajj Sami was “stuck” for three hours in the blazing sun in front of a gate in the...