After a 20-year legal battle, the court decided on 15 March to once again delay a verdict on whether to forcibly evict around 1,300 Palestinians living in eight communities in the area. The land has been in their families for generations but life here has been precarious since Israel declared around 7,500 acres of Masafer Yatta a military training ground, ‘Firing Zone 918’.
At the end of August 2021 when many students, having just left school this summer, were excited about the prospect of starting university or commencing full-time employment, student Shahar Peretz in the town of Kfar Yona, Israel, was drafting a statement to present at the local military induction base. On 31 August, she attended the Tel Hashomer base, refusing to enlist in the Israeli military. Her actions resulted in her being sentenced to prison.