A Joyless Holiday in the South Hebron Hills Amid an Israeli Army Training Exercise

This week's Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, was one of the toughest in memory for residents of the South Hebron Hills. With the army on maneuvers nearby and a threat of expulsion in the air, they couldn’t celebrate the holiday

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One afternoon this week, an elderly man leaning on a cane climbed the long dirt path that leads to his West Bank home. The sun was broiling hot, and the man proceeded lethargically, stopping from time to time to rest in the shade of a tree. Wearing a heavy robe, he was returning from a holiday visit to his family in the nearby town of Yatta, near Hebron. From the main road to his home he had to walk about six kilometers to reach the hamlet of Halat a-Dab’a, in the area of Masafer Yatta, in the South Hebron Hills.

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