On Friday night, members of All That’s Left and others spent the evening with the residents of Susiya, protesting home and land demolitions in Area C of the West Bank and in the Negev. While there, we spoke with the residents, and mainly listened to their experiences under occupation. A few women in the village also spoke. Here are some of the words they share with us:
“We the women of Susiya, like women in other Palestinian areas, feel the consequences of demolitions. This is psychologically tiring for a us and a terrible situation to live in.”
“As the women of Susiya we look at your work and see it as something wonderful. We hope it will grow and continue.”–referring to local and international anti-occupation work.
“We call out to other women to encourage us and to join us in the message of protecting us and Susiya.”
“We also hope for people to stand with us all the time. Every day, we feel the threat of these demolitions.”
Fatma is the Assembly President of the Rural Women of Association South Hebron Hills, a non-profit founded in 2015 that aims to raise women’s voices in marginalized and remote areas of Palestine. She asked that we, especially women, reach out to the organization and help in the ways we can. If you are looking for a grassroots organization to donate do, I highly recommend them! Both the leaders and beneficiaries are local women!
“I have lived here for 75 years, I gave birth to my children here, and I just want to live a normal life.”
“I used to go there regularly” she said, referring to the now Settlement of Susiya. “I used to go there and fill water.”
If you haven’t done so yet, you can still add your name to a petition to end demolitions: https://actionsprout.io/3A3C16