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Turmus Aya: A Pogrom Journal

Updated: Jul 28, 2023

Aboud from the Palestinian village of Turmus Aya tells us:

“The colonists live on a hill above Turmus Aya, in a few tents. They have been coming down to us, armed, for three consecutive weekends. On Friday three weeks ago (May 26) they came down and chased us. I was there. They shot my cousin in the head. He was taken to the Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. He came back five days ago and cannot remember people since that time.

Friday two weeks ago (June 2), they came, cut down 300 olive trees, entered two homes and broke whatever they found there. This was not the first time. The army was with them and gassed us instead of arresting them.

A week later, during the night between Thursday and Friday, they came again to a house under construction. They burnt constructions materials and several olive trees.

The next day, in the afternoon, we were working in our wheat fields. They saw us, arrived and shot at us. They sabotaged almond and olive trees, among them 100-year-old trees. They burnt the wheat field where we were working and straw heaps that we had collected to feed our horses. The army came again and gassed us.

We have several tended fields left that we wish to harvest, but cannot approach them. The colonists are too close. We want a solution, but what can we do?”

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