The demolishing of homes, animal shelters and water tanks in the Jordan Valley over the past two months has resulted in heart-break for many families for whom life was already incredibly hard. In the unforgiving environment of 40 degree heat and little water, families have managed to thrive, herding sheep and goats, and growing the crops they need to survive.
EAs have interviewed many families who have suffered ongoing injustice, and the reports are forwarded to agencies which oversee this violence perpetrated by the Israeli Army and work to protect the rights of the farmers involved.
Jordan Valley Solidarity planned a tree planting demonstration, to show solidarity with the farmers who have been so cruelly abused. We at EAPPI were invited to join them.
There were also moments of joy. EAs, Ben (Switzerland), Anna (England) and Mikko (Sweden) ,along with volunteers Charlene (Canada) and Jeremy(Switzerland), played rugby with the children during a break from the tree planting.