About The Camp

The creation of the camp
In March 28, 2003 there was a demonstration and march into the olive fields that were to be taken away from the village of Mas’ha (5,500 dunums out of the 6,000 dunums of the village’s agricultural lands). Villagers received notification that their lands would be confiscated by the Israeli military in February 2003 for the construction of the first phase of the Apartheid Wall. At the end of the march, we’ve settled down in a camp, which is maintained by villagers and international and Israeli peace activists 24hours a day. Originally we thought that we’d be evacuated right away, but we’ve managed to stay there until July (when the building of the wall made it impossible to carry water and supplies and we had to move to a new location).

The second location

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For various logistic reasons, we had to move the camp to a smaller area in June 2003. One of the advantages was that we were able to supply electricity from the village to the camp, so it became an information center where we were able to use computers and edit presentations about the wall (like the exhibition we did at Salfit town). By this time about one thousand Israeli and international activists had visited the camp and, for the first time, the construction of the wall in the West Bank was broadcast on Israeli TV Channel 2 due to the attention that the peace camp demanded.

Hani Amer’s yard

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On the evening the 2nd of August 2003, we’ve found out that in the morning the constructors of the wall intended to start working inside Hani Amer’s yard at the edge of the village of Mas’ha (all this during the “Hudna” agreement where Israel is supposed to stop construction in disputed areas).

In order to construct the wall inside the yard several structures had to be destroyed (crippling Amer’s sources of income), and the final plan is to have his yard surrounded with fences, and to “allow” his family and visitors strict times during the day to enter and exist the Amer yard (as if it were a prison camp). Of course, this is also dependant on the “good will” of the Israeli soldiers and police.

Early morning on the 5th of August, after a promise from the constructor that he wouldn’t destroy structures in the yard until the issue was discussed with higher authorities, all structures but the house itself were destroyed, a total of more than 60 Palestinian, Israeli and international activists were detained. The tent for the camp was removed, and the Amer’s yard was declared a closed military zone.