Since the early 1980s the village has lost much of its land for the construction of an Israeli settlement.
The residents have suffered from regular attacks by Israeli settlers. These incidents have severely undermined their physical security and livelihoods.
Between January and September 2011, OCHA recorded a total of 16 incidents resulting in casualties or property damage, perpetrated in the village by Israeli settlers.
Fat-hallah is a farmer who sustained damages in a settler attack on 6 October 2011. When we met him shortly after, he told us:
❝I consider these 80 damaged trees to be like my children. My wife and I planted them 15 years ago, and have been raising them together with our children.
❝My wife and my daughter used to carry the water on their heads and walk over 300 metres in order to irrigate these trees, while myself and the children spent over three years collecting stones from the land to build these small stone walls all around in order to protect the land.
❝We have always tried to protect our land and our trees, but this time they came at night.
“The Israeli forces restrict our movements in the village in order to protect the settlers while they damage our land.
❝This is the fifth time this has happened; around twenty days ago, the settlers shot me in my leg with live ammunition, and also hit my two sons.❞