Trending Topics:

Israel destroys dairy farm in occupied Palestine

on 50 Comments
main 1 1
Destruction of dairy farm in Khaled al Wardeh May 1, 2012

On May Day, a day in Israel in which all government offices are closed, in the village of Khaled al Wardeh outside Hebron, the Israeli military demolished a dairy farm. 

Receiving this horrific story via my inbox today threw me. I googled it over and over again and was astounded that this report, from the Christian Peacemakers, was the only documentation of a crime that should shock the conscience of humanity: the demolition of a whole dairy farm, the livelihood of 4 families, who provide sustenance for a much wider population. Look at this farm! Look at it and think of farms in your country. Gone, destroyed, for what? What could possibly justify this act?

The Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron received a phone call from Noah al-Rajabi at 7:45 am in the morning. This is what they reported:

Al-Rajabi reported that the army and bulldozers were demolishing his cousin’s home and threatening to demolish the family’s farm. He urged CPT to come and to call the media and other internationals to bear witness to what was happening. Two CPTers arrived at the main road near the house and saw six military jeeps, three police vehicles, and three intelligence service vehicles at the site. Initially, the Israeli authorities prevented CPTers from approaching the scene. When they asked soldiers why they were demolishing the farm, a soldier replied, “Because we are the army.”

main 3
Farmer at demolition site with Christian Peacemaker Team

From the place where they could view the demolition, the CPTers could see a Caterpillar and a Hyundai bulldozer destroying a farm building and a caravan (mobile home) in which the family lived. The children of the family came to the main road and one of the boys told them that he could take them through the fields to get a closer view of the destruction of his father’s farm. By now, the two bulldozers had started to raze a large corrugated iron barn where the family kept their cows; it destroyed milking machines and other equipment worth over 8000 USD in the process. The farmer told CPTers, “Destroying my home…I can rebuild and while I am rebuilding I can stay with another family member but destroying my farm—it’s not only destroying my livelihood but also the livelihoods of three other families; our farm is our bread and butter.” The farmer has two wives and fifteen children to support and now he is worried how he will manage financially. He was looking at his one hundred cows, who were sitting in the oppressive heat. The farmer said that if they were not milked soon, they would die.

More photos available at Christian Peacemaker Teams website.

main 2 1
May Day destruction

The Israeli military has an odd way of observing May Day, International Worker’s Day, by destroying the livelihoods of four families. Khaled al Wardeh is near the Palestinian town of Beni Na’im, 5 miles east of Hebron.

(Hat tip Esther Riley)

About Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

Other posts by .

Posted In:

50 Responses

  1. Kathleen
    May 3, 2012, 10:52 am

    Ongoing crimes against humanity being committed by Israel on Palestinian land. Outrageous, disgusting, criminal. The Christian Peace Making Team has been out on the front lines for decades now. While Beinart and others are part of the better late than never crowd and have been called “brave” for finally stepping up to the plate. CPTers have been stepping up to the plate to witness the atrocities, document and continue to be on the front lines.

    Israel destroying a Palestinians farm with caterpillar equipment. Those who commit these crimes should be put on trial at the International Criminal court.

    Spreading this

  2. Oklahoma farmer
    Oklahoma farmer
    May 3, 2012, 11:17 am

    Annie… my perusal of the net is limited but I’ve never seen this very worrisome prediction. Netanyahu and his group do not intend to settle with a one state or two state solution. Their goal is a Jewish-only country from the Mediteranian to the Jordan river. This “ultimate solution” will evict all Palestinians from Palestine. It includes those who now live in “Israel”.

    I believe Netanyahu’s ultimate aim is a pure race in Palestine that won’t be tainted with Palestinians.

    How he does this is his secret but it surely appears to be his goal.

    He knows there will be extreme anger in the US when he physically evicts Palestinians but he also knows there is nothing the US will do to prevent it. What really pushes him, right now, toward this goal, is the urgent need for him to do it while the US is still the ultimate single force in the world. He won’t be able to when we share world power with one or two other nations…..and he surely won’t be able when the US is in serious national decline.

    I therefore believe what Netanyahu has done to the Palestinians so far, is but faint prelude to the horror he intends to inflict on them in the very near future.

    • annie
      May 3, 2012, 4:19 pm

      Of, yep..i am sure if the political situation were optimum for ethnic cleansing all systems would be on full throttle. there seems to be a narrowing window wrt the believability factor of the official narrative but it becomes less so everyday. i am sure history books in the future will be forthcoming with disclosing the plan all along was to take it all.

      • justicewillprevail
        May 3, 2012, 7:09 pm

        You do get the feeling that although it has been part of the plan ever since the beginning, the principals are thinking that it is now or never. They have manouevred into a position where Congress might tut tut, they won’t do anything, they don’t care about the rest of the world, and they hold complete sway over the destinies of the Palestinians, with no constraints or opposition. As has been mentioned an Iranian war would provide the perfect cover, along with a raft of planted scare stories, provocations and control of the media. These people are ruthless, utterly without conscience and indeed ‘messianic’. They are monsters, and I think they know time is running out along with their credibility. They will argue to themselves that they might never have a better opportunity, whilst they are all powerful and before the horrendous extent of their apartheid horrorshow is fully uncovered before the world, something which is fast approaching as their ceaseless propaganda unravels spectacularly. It is deeply worrying, but all anyone can do is keep exposing the appalling criminal nature of the ongoing dispossession and brutal treatment of indigenous people.

    • Mooser
      May 4, 2012, 6:02 pm

      “I believe Netanyahu’s ultimate aim is a pure race in Palestine…”

      I didn’t realise the man, Netanyahu was that crazy! How in the hell is he going to get a “pure race” out of us Jews? We’re the biggest mongrel’s on earth. As I’ve mentioned, even my AKC Lab looks down on me, and has a much more extensive geneaology. I know I had a Mother (even tho she often denied it), but any further back than that and everyone gets real evasive about it.

  3. eljay
    May 3, 2012, 11:20 am

    Behold the Glorious Jewish State, hard at work destroying lives and livelihoods. It’s enough to bring tears of pride and joy to the eyes of hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists.

    You just KNOW this is their equivalent of Internet porn.

  4. LanceThruster
    May 3, 2012, 12:43 pm

    It looks very much like the high desert region I moved to a year ago. I know what a hard-scrabble existence it is (and I have access to all the modern comforts). I can’t imagine the feeling of dispair to have one’s livelihood shattered in such a cruel and callous manner.

    Truly sickening.

  5. asherpat
    May 3, 2012, 2:31 pm

    Why? Why? Why?

    Really, why? Aha, “because we are the army!”

    Or perhaps the farm was built illegally? And that all instances of court were exhausted, transparently (even if u dont agree)? And the Palsetinian Aythority in the West Bank demolishes many more structures for illegal buidling than Israel does, but that is not “inhumane”.

    Yeah, why is that?

    • Bumblebye
      May 3, 2012, 4:53 pm

      The first answer was the only answer asherprat.
      Israel has set the army up as the ‘law’ in this stolen land. Palestinian rights and Palestinian ownership only exist until the army revokes them in favor of some Israeli who wants to steal the land or get rid of the indigenous people.

      • asherpat
        May 3, 2012, 11:51 pm

        No, bumblebye, The “army is NOT the ‘law’, it is the Israeli court. YOu may not agree with the court but not to mention the other side’s position reveals this site’s bias. what is the point of indignant cries of unfairness and opression if the site itself is clearly biased?

      • annie
        May 4, 2012, 12:28 am

        the court? the court ordered the goi to demolish ulpana by last tuesday! the pm forms a committee of mk’s and legalizes settlements retroactively. anyone who thinks the court rules in israel is not paying attention. the knesset is in the process of gutting the court.

      • Bumblebye
        May 4, 2012, 8:01 am

        More BS from asherprat. You do NOT mean ‘Israeli law’ you mean Israeli MILITARY law, applied ONLY to Palestinians living in Palestine, but not to ISRAELIS and other JEWISH immigrants who have been settled into the ILLEGAL shtetlments. For those chosen people in this stolen foreign land, only Israeli civilan law applies. Israeli ‘military law’ has been designed and planned to facilitate theft of land, destruction of livelihoods, theft of resources, removal of Palestinians from their land.

    • talknic
      May 4, 2012, 4:56 am

      “the Palsetinian Aythority in the West Bank demolishes many more structures for illegal buidling than Israel does”

      Uh huh…. Statistics please …. thx I’ll wait …..

      • asherpat
        May 5, 2012, 6:05 pm

        Well, lets begin here (or search for “PCHR Is Concerned over Death of Police Officer and Injuries of Two Others by Gunmen While Enforcing Court Ruling”

        – admit that I have no time to look for statistics, but the indignation when palestinians demolish homes is absent (although, the article does mention the true background). And there is no one calling for the boycotting of the bulldozer manufacturer, ey?

      • annie
        May 5, 2012, 6:26 pm

        asherpat, i guess i am a little confused. either you can link to the PA demolishing a structure in the WB or you cannot. so far you have not.

      • Sumud
        May 5, 2012, 7:24 pm

        either you can link to the PA demolishing a structure in the WB or you cannot. so far you have not.

        He has set the height of his own bar in saying:

        And the Palsetinian [sic] Aythority [sic] in the West Bank demolishes many more structures for illegal buidling than Israel does, but that is not “inhumane”.

        ICAHD have a running tally of house demolitions in the occupied Palestinians territories. The stats on their web page are nearly 2 years old but the numbers of houses demolished since 1967 is at least 24,813.

        So come on asherpat. Provide the proof the back up your ridiculous claim.

      • asherpat
        May 6, 2012, 10:14 am

        @Annie, i understand your “little” confusion. I am sorry that I can not find the article about PA demilising illegal structures, but I did bring to your attention a clear and undisputed (it came from palestinian sources) example where Arabs demolish Arab homes, but “i guess i am a little bit confused” that there was no outcry on this blog about any of such operations – or do you want to dispute that Arabs ever demolish Arab houses in PA and Hamas?

      • Sumud
        May 7, 2012, 8:04 am

        @Annie, i understand your “little” confusion. I am sorry that I can not find the article about PA demilising illegal structures, but I did bring to your attention a clear and undisputed (it came from palestinian sources) example where Arabs demolish Arab homes,

        You said asherpat:

        And the Palsetinian Aythority in the West Bank demolishes many more structures for illegal buidling than Israel does, but that is not “inhumane”.

        I’ve pointed out that amount then is “many more” than 25,000 houses – or even, let’s say 12.5k, if you want to split it into Gaza and West Bank.

        Where’s the proof asherpat?

        You’re criticising us for not being outraged about house demolitions which never occurred…?

        Really, get a grip habibi.

    • thankgodimatheist
      May 4, 2012, 8:57 am

      Where did you pull this out from? Links please!

      • thankgodimatheist
        May 5, 2012, 5:45 am

        The comment above has this quote (by Asherpat) missing without which it doesn’t make sense:
        “And the Palsetinian Aythority in the West Bank demolishes many more structures for illegal buidling than Israel does”
        Where did you pull this out from? Links please!

  6. Fredblogs
    May 3, 2012, 2:43 pm

    Now what is the Israeli side of this? Let me guess, farm was built on public land?

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      May 3, 2012, 4:21 pm

      “Now what is the Israeli side of this?”

      The same as it ever is: “These Arabs refused to recognize their inferiority in comparison to the superiority of the Jews. Therefore they must be punished.”

    • annie
      May 3, 2012, 4:22 pm

      but but but, there must be some official explanation justifying the israeli military’s right to demolish palestinian businesses!

      the cows are threats against israel’s security, its very existence!

    • justicewillprevail
      May 3, 2012, 7:14 pm

      God, you trolls are pathetic. It is ‘illegal’ under apartheid, gerrymandered laws? All those illegal settlements are just waiting to be demolished by those brave IDF suckers, aren’t they, whilst the villages and houses of people who were there centuries before these arrivistes are suddenly illegal? What a joke answer. If you can’t see the brutal discrimination and vindictive sense of cruelty here, you are as hopeless as you sound, blinded by your stupid ideology and your whimpering racist apologies.

    • Shmuel
      May 4, 2012, 6:14 am

      Let me guess, farm was built on public land?

      No, let me guess. High radon levels were discovered in the area, and the Israeli occupation authorities decided to demolish the farm (for the owners’ own good) and rebuild it at no charge in a safer spot. Or maybe they just wanted to build a nicer barn for these Palestinian families. Or maybe the land was needed to build a school and a hospital for Palestinians in the area – public services on public land for the benefit of the occupied population. Or maybe the family was given double the value of the farm as compensation and a free weekend in Eilat for their trouble. The possibilities are really endless. There are (at least) two sides to every story. Can anyone prove that any of these theories are wrong? There you have it.

      • Mooser
        May 4, 2012, 6:35 pm

        “No, let me guess.”

        And you said you didn’t put any effort into the stuff you used to write for the IDF. Seems to me you’re brim-ful of ideas. Hate to see what happens when you put some effort into it.

    • eljay
      May 4, 2012, 7:37 am

      >> Now what is the Israeli side of this? Let me guess, farm was built on public land?

      The farm exists outside of the Glorious Jewish State‘s 1948 1967 borders. The Glorious Jewish State has no business visiting that farm, never mind destroying it.

      I wonder if Zio-supremacists are born hateful and immoral, or if it’s a state of mind, heart and soul they work diligently to attain.

  7. Fredblogs
    May 3, 2012, 2:46 pm

    Also, how long has it been since the farm was served with orders to vacate? Since when you dig down in these stories, it usually turns out that they had long warning times before the demolition.

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      May 3, 2012, 4:27 pm

      Who cares how long they were warned. This is in Palestine. What they do with that land is none of you Jews’s business.

      • Fredblogs
        May 3, 2012, 5:15 pm

        Jews now? I thought your beef was with “Israelis” or “Zionists”. Careful there Woody, your true colors are showing.

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        May 3, 2012, 5:34 pm

        “Jews now?”

        Well, what do you think is the dominant ethnic group among the Israelis, who carried out this destruction? Sri Lankan?? Zulu?? Tahitian??

        “Careful there Woody, your true colors are showing.”

        Yeah, my “true colors” would worry you.

        I am repeatedly on record calling for a government which respects fully the equality and political, human and civil rights of every person from the Mediteranean to the Jordan, without regard for race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, etc..

        You are on record as supporting an ethno-religious supremacist Apartheid state.

        I wonder whose “true colors” are really worth worrying about…

      • Xpat
        May 3, 2012, 5:45 pm

        Woody –
        Others have demonstrated conclusively on repeated occasions how the whole Israeli show of legality is a sham. Fredblogs has read those comments but likes to pretend that he is above reason. “Public land” and “demolition orders” are just the way this troll tries to get your goat.

        If I were you I wouldn’t bother with Fredblogs.

      • straightline
        May 3, 2012, 9:15 pm

        Now Fred a couple of days ago you criticized a thread as an attack on Jews when all it was criticizing was Israeli Government policy. Seems a little irrational to criticize someone for making the same mistake.

      • straightline
        May 3, 2012, 9:29 pm

        Sorry – meant to say “hypocritical” rather than “irrational” – would not want to be accused of an ad hominem argument.

      • Mooser
        May 4, 2012, 6:07 pm

        “Careful there Woody, your true colors are showing.”

        Ah Fredblogs, you are always around to prove me right. But geezez chracker on a pogo stick, what kind of Jew do you have to be to use your religion, or religious identity, to defend this. That must be one crappy form of Judaism, Fred, if you are willing to sell it that cheaply.
        But you just keep putting your religion out there as a defense for crime. Why, I can’t see how that will be anything but a big win-win for Jews.

    • LanceThruster
      May 3, 2012, 4:56 pm

      So the difference between being shipped off to the Warsaw Ghetto being viewed as an abomination and a travesty of justice verses a legally executed act of the state is lead time?

      IDF relocation slogan — “Don’t go away mad…just go away.”

      “Catch-22 means people have the right to do to you anything which you cannot prevent them from doing to you.” ~ Joesph Heller

      • Fredblogs
        May 3, 2012, 7:00 pm

        They aren’t being shipped off. Their buildings (which no one here has answered whether they were built on public land or not) were being knocked down.

        They are blaming Israel for the destruction not just of the buildings, but for the destruction of what was in them. If they had warning of the demolition, they could have moved the stuff out instead of leaving it in to be destroyed with the buildings. If they had no warning, then they could not have moved the stuff out in time.

      • annie
        May 3, 2012, 7:46 pm

        you have no idea what you are talking about do you? you have nothing. just hypothetical speculation.

        August 15, 2011
        *AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Two goats killed after Israeli soldiers attack Palestinian shepherd in Bani Na’im

        by Tim Nessim

        At 6:30 p.m. on 14 August 2011, Israeli soldiers attacked a Palestinian shepherd and his two sons in Bani Na’im, east of Hebron, chasing the shepherd off his land and causing the deaths of two goats.

        Noah Al-Rajabi, the shepherd, told international observers from Christian Peacemaker Teams that he was milking his goats with his nine and eleven-year-old sons when six Israeli army jeeps pulled over on the nearby road. Â Soldiers exited the Jeeps and ordered Al-Rajabi to come speak with them. Â When Al-Rajabi replied that he was unable to do so because he was
        busy milking his goats, the soldiers approached him, yelling threats and firing live ammunition.

        Al-Rajabi fled the area to safety.  However, the soldiers’ aggressive actions caused Al-Rajabi’s goats to panic and run towards their pen.  In the confusion, two goats were trampled and killed.

        After Al-Rajabi escaped, the soldiers approached his two sons and asked where their father was. Â When the children replied that their father had left the area, the soldiers threatened to come back in the night to arrest their father.

        Israeli settlers and soldiers frequently harass the Al-Rajabi family.  Earlier on 14 August, the Israeli military erected a new tent near the family’s property. One week earlier, settlers stole a goat and a horse from the family. The animals were later returned, but the thieves had painted the horse.

        this is sadistic behavior. the settlers probably want the land. and where do you get this ‘public land’ idea anyway. what’s this? throw everything at the wall and see what sticks day? like your buddy sammy? is that what this is?

        spare us! the least you could do is a little research? but no, you just blather all this crap and fill the threads with your nakba denial day in and day out.

      • Talkback
        May 3, 2012, 8:53 pm

        Fredblogs: “They are blaming Israel for the destruction not just of the buildings, but for the destruction of what was in them.”

        What? Jews destruct buildings of Nonjews and what’s in them? That’s a rascist and disgusting war crime.

        “Since when you dig down in these stories, it usually turns out that they had long warning times before the demolition.”

        Yeah, imagine all the “warnings” Jews received in Nazi Germany. Do you blame them, too?

      • Fredblogs
        May 3, 2012, 9:11 pm

        @Annie Robbins
        Bad acts, if true.

        Which doesn’t answer the question of whether the dairy farm that is the subject of this conversation was built on public land. Or the question of how much warning the farmers had of the demolition. So it serves as nothing but a distraction.

      • annie
        May 3, 2012, 11:35 pm

        do your own homework lazyboy. these are your allegations, provide back up. wtf is ‘public land’ anyway if declared by the occupying power? public for whom? jews? get a grip. you’ve no evidence or anything of this designation. you are merely throwing crap out there. it isn’t my job to prove or refute arguments you have provided nothing for.

        cough it up! if there’s any evidence to back up your claims , provide it.

      • talknic
        May 4, 2012, 5:11 am

        Fredblogs “Which doesn’t answer the question of whether the dairy farm that is the subject of this conversation was built on public land. Or the question of how much warning the farmers had of the demolition. “

        So start showing some evidence… The evidence we have is the statement by the IDF and hundreds of UNSC resolutions against Israel for what it is doing.

      • justicewillprevail
        May 4, 2012, 5:49 am

        Fred doesn’t do evidence or sources, just whines that we must provide it for him, even though he has convinced himself, like most ziobots, that Israel is never wrong (and thus will not pay it any attention anyway). He is not serious, just a lazy provoker. A typical troll, and typical lack of any shred of compassion or understanding for human beings who have done nothing except exist somewhere that gangsters covet. Existential threat? Yes, every day for the Palestinians under the Israeli boot.

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        May 4, 2012, 10:55 am

        “built on public land. ”

        But, again, the “public” on whose land it was built was Palestinian. The Israelis who are making these decisions regarding someone else’s land have no more right here than did the Nazis who occupied Poland.

      • Mooser
        May 4, 2012, 6:14 pm

        “Fred doesn’t do evidence or sources, just whines…”

        And uses his Jewish identity as a shield!! But I’m sure Freddy is on the right path. I don’t think he will have too much trouble convincing people that the problem isn’t really with Israel, but with Jews, and it’ll do no good restraining Israel unless the world gets rid of the Jews, since this behavior is indeed, and essential part of their religion and identity, according to Fredblogs.

        Gosh, for people who are always kvetching how Judaism is so endangered, Zionists seem to think it’s a pretty powerful commodity.

      • Mooser
        May 4, 2012, 6:44 pm

        Fred, Wikipedia has many articles explaining what the obligations of a government which temporarily occupies the territory of another as the result of armed conflict. Needless to say, this ain’t it.
        But you keep on trying to convince people that this is absolutely necessary for Jews to do, for Israel to do, for Zionists to do, whatever. Maybe you could dig around in the Torah or something and find a passage claiming God demands that we do this. That should help.

        And when you have engendered every but of anti-Jewish feeling you can, the ultimate ZIonist aim will be accomplished: Jews will have very few choices between a hostile world and the tender ministrations of the ZIonists.
        We’ll all have to move to Israel. Except you, Fredblogs! You’ll get special permission to keep living in the good ol’ USA.

        Oh that reminds me, Ferdblech. Did you ever tell us why you stay here in the US, with all those scary Christmas decorations? How do you stand all the anti-Semitism?

      • Mooser
        May 4, 2012, 6:51 pm

        Look, Fred, just between you and me, now that those pesky Gentiles can’t hear us, what is so disgusting is that you are so obviously a person who has never had to withstand or deal with anti-Semitism. If you had, you wouldn’t sell your Judaism so cheaply.
        Your attitudes are a slap in the face to every Jew that has ever suffered discrimination and persecution, and who simply desired religious and civil tolerance.
        Of course, I’m sure you can convice everyone you meet that religious and civil tolerance is not enough for us, and far from what we are owed. You do that Fred, it’ll work out great for ya!

  8. CloakAndDagger
    May 3, 2012, 4:57 pm

    Not a single day goes by without news such as these. I cannot even begin to imagine being able to live a life like this.

    I can’t imagine what it must be like to wake up each morning knowing that today will be another day of events like this one, or going to bed at night with the memory of another day of witnessing or recounting tales such as this.

    These poor people go through this day after day. The young in that land have no recollection since their birth when it was not so. To endure this for so long defies my imagination.

    Meanwhile, here in the US, as we go about our daily lives, with our petty problems (relatively speaking), contributing our taxes to further perpetuate this great sin in our name, we find our efforts thwarted day after day, because a complicit press and a bought-off congress, not only shields these events from public eye, but actively enables its continuation.

    In an earlier thread, American had advocated naming and shaming our sniveling politicians at every opportunity. I second that motion. We need to organize a concerted effort to show up wherever these weasels are speaking and call them out loudly and publicly, in large numbers. We need to become our own media and call attention to them en masse – large enough to not be drowned out by their entourage of sycophants and ziobots. We have to be able to displace them from their lecterns of power and replace them with patriotic (and human) Americans at every opportunity.

    I have no illusions that this will be a brief fight. This is a marathon, not a sprint. While it is discouraging to see defeats like the recent one by the Methodists, our numbers are growing and awareness is spreading.

    Courage. Our day will come.

  9. Chu
    May 4, 2012, 1:32 pm

    It reminds me of when the IDF destroyed the only flour mill in Gaza during Cast Lead. Someone should investigate these little actions, and they’ll find it amounts to ethnic cleansing. Where’s Goldstone? I guess they cut his balls off and he went back into hiding.

    Israel closes inquiry into Palestinian family killed during Gaza war

    Military says no action will be taken against soldiers responsible for shelling that killed 21 members of the Samouni family in 2009

  10. eGuard
    May 4, 2012, 4:56 pm

    I agree with Fredblogs in this. Why rush to conclusions? Let’s wait until Peter Beinart has his say about this. 2023?

Leave a Reply