This is an excerpt from Sarah's blog
The absolute irony is that there are water pipes running under their land, but they are prohibited from having water from them. Further, they have no electricity, whilst Hamra checkpoint, just a few hundred meters away, has an electricity supply, and they can see the pylons running over the hills as they sit outside their house. Their families have lived in this area for generations. It is hard to believe that they use to grow citrus trees when you look across their arid land, but without water they are unable to irrigate any crops or trees. They can only keep sheep, chickens and other animals that they can graze and buy food for. Even this is under threat with the demolition orders that the Israeli administration issued on their animal shelters in February 2008. Harrab and Suileman were angry that they have been left in this situation, with no support from the Palestinian Authority or the United Nations. As Palestinians, they are hanging onto their land against the odds. There used to be 40 extended families living in the area, but only 20 are left.
The intentions of the Israeli state were unambiguous as we tried to cross back through the checkpoint later in the day. They pointed back towards Hamra, Humsa and Al Jiftlik and said: "That is Israel", then towards Nablus that they acknowledged to be a "Palestinian area". In fact this is all the West Bank, it is all within the green line, and none of it is Israel