By Viktor Ibrahim and Meri Verdaguer
Photographs by Vicky Blackwell
16 October 2012 | International Solidarity Movement, West Bank
About thirty citizens from Jama’in, accompanied by around 15 international solidarity activists commenced the first stage in the removal of a roadblock on an agricultural road near to the village, just south of Nablus. The earth mound was built on the road by the Israeli occupation forces in May of this year. It restricts the freedom of movement of Palestinian farmers to access their lands to olive groves owned by farmers in the village. As the olive harvest season is starting, access to the fields for farmers’ vehicles has become ever more essential.
After about an hour of removing the earth mound and flattening the road with hoes and buckets, the activists managed to level the road, only leaving behind two large rocks that are to be removed with heavy equipment in the coming days. The event was organized by the municipality and international activists were invited to attend.
According to local sources the earth mound has been removed a number of times by Jama’in citizens over the past few years.
Jama’in is a village south of Nablus in the West Bank, which lies directly in between the illegal settlements of Ari’el and Kfar Tappuah, and has suffered with restrictions imposed on them by the Israeli army with access to their lands, roadblocks and road closures over the last few years, in order to expand settlements and build Israeli-only roads.
Viktor Ibrahim, Meri Verdaguer and Vicky Blackwell are volunteers with the International Solidarity Movement (names have been changed).