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Tue Nov 24 2009 (Updated 11/29/09)
Palestinians Return to Bir al-’Id
The People of Bir al-'Id Return Home, Attacked by Settlers in Less Than a Week
David Shulman writes: "I’ve been trying to explain in my talk why I keep going down to the South Hebron hills when, after all, our impact on the situation there is so minimal, so pointillist, the task so Sisyphean, the sense of futility so overwhelming. I claimed that despite all this, there is something good about being there, in those landscapes and with those people, and that it had something to do with the difference between truth and falsehood.

"There are, it seems, situations when the distinction is truly palpable. I listen to my prime minister, Mr. Netanyahu, say that he hopes the Palestinians 'will get their act together, so that negotiations can begin.

"You hear the lie at once, and you can’t help noticing how thin and superficial it is, how lacking in any human depth; also, of course, how astonishingly twisted and corrupt. We live in the midst of swirling clouds of lies. 'That’s the thing about South Hebron,' Amiel says. 'It exposes the lie and reveals the truth in all its clarity.'"

Read More | photo Photos: The People of Bir al-Eid Return Home, attacked by settlers after less then a week | B'Tselem: Means of Expulsion - Violence, Harassment and Lawlessness Toward Palestinians in the Southern Hebron Hills
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