Thursday, December 4, 2008

Bet Jala - between Gilo and Har Gilo

Another farmer who asked for our help lives in Bet Jala, but his olive and almond trees are in the valley between Gilo and Har Gilo - now on the other side of a checkpoint fence. He lives in the small shelter there to keep his access to the orchard and to ensure that no more of his land is taken over by the settlements all around. They cut off his access to water and electricity, nor allow him to add on to his shelter. It took two hours of waiting, and cricket play, but we were able to get through the checkpoint to harvest olives for the day.