During 2011 the small village of Amniyr in South Mountain Hebron was demolished five times by the Israeli authorities. Although ten families were forcefully displaced, Mohammed Hussain Jabour and his wife Zaffra refuse to leave.
Photos by: Anne Paq and Keren Manor/Activestills.org
Amniyr is a small village of 11 shepherds and farmers families in the South Hebron Hills, just northeast of the Palestinian village of Susiya and the Israeli settlement of the same name. The village is located next to the ancient susiya which was completely demolished and its residents were displaced in mid 1980s when Israel declared the area as an archaeological site. During 2011 the village of Amniyr was demolished five times by the Israeli authorities. In the first demolition, took place on February 22, Israeli bulldozers advanced and destroyed seven tents in addition to two water wells and uprooted tens of olive trees. The tents were destroyed with the contents and belongings of the families. Following the demolition the IDF declared the site a "closed military area", from which they are banned. New structures had been donated to the community in the form of emergency aid and the cisterns were rebuilt with the help of Israeli activists from Ta’ayush. The following demolitions were no late to come. During the months of March, May, June and July 2011, the village was completely demolished time after time. Ten of the families now sleep in Yatta and come during the day to tend to their olive and almond trees as they have no place to stay and no water. But Mohammed Hussain Jabour and his wife Zaffra refuse to leave.