These Israeli Settlers Are Only 'Here for Rainbows and Moonrises'

Living in wooden cabins and mud huts, isolated from the world around them, residents of the settlement of Rotem are facing a problem: Visitors are starting to discover their Jordan Valley haven

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Meirav Moran
Meirav Moran
Meirav Moran
Meirav Moran

Rumor has it that one Friday a helicopter flew over the settlement of Rotem, frightening people with the din of its engine. After making a few passes over the site, it finally landed, in an open space next to the last house, and ordinary-looking civilians emerged from it. They walked past the wooden cabins and mud huts that are encompassed by wild herbs and flowers, crossed “telephone square” – a crossroads of dirt paths in whose center is a structure with a decommissioned public phone jutting out of its roof – and entered the café, where their host led them to the table they had reserved.

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