In Khirbet al-Marajim, located between the meeting lines of the village of Douma in Nablus, and the outskirts of the northern Palestinian valley in the West Bank, there is no suitable place for Palestinian families to settle and reside in the occupation practices to expel them and seize their lands to annex them to the settlements, in a continuous pursuit of new construction operations Or the repairs in houses that have existed for decades.
The Palestinian residents of Khirbet al-Marajim have no way but to remain on their land, despite the practices of prohibition and confiscation, so they resorted to reclaiming caves and digging rocks with simple tools to restore caves in order to live in them, in order to secure the evil of displacement and displacement, and to provide shelter for their families and children.
But the occupation’s decision reached its full extent, as it prevented them from digging rocks and establishing shelter for them in caves and underground caves, after it prevented them from building on them, and confiscated hundreds of dunams, to establish more outposts on Palestinian lands.
Cave Reconstruction Initiative
Young Muhammad Dhaif Farag, 29 years old, from Khirbet al-Marajim, was the first to propose the idea of restoring and reclaiming caves and caves, in order to live and live in them, and he spent a whole year in order to find a suitable place to house his family, after he was prevented from building on top Earth.
During the past months, he managed to cut many ground passages leading to the caves, but he did not escape the pursuit of the occupation forces, to prevent him from continuing to do so, and this is what really happened at the beginning of this March.
The young Palestinian Faraj said in an exclusive interview with Emirates Today: “After the occupation prevented me from building and expanding on my land and inside my house, I resorted to searching for housing underground, and a year ago I started cleaning a cave from the inside and outside, and provided water and electricity lines inside it. Hard-won, because the occupation deprives us of that ».
He added, “I was working in digging and restoring the cave at night, in order to avoid being pursued by the Israeli Civil Administration. However, they issued a decision to stop work on digging the cave, under the pretext that they are Israeli and archaeological areas, but in fact this land I inherited from my ancestors, and I will continue restoring it, Until it becomes inhabitable, and is one of the most beautiful Palestinian areas. ”
Muhammad Deif Faraj is the case of Palestinian families living in Khirbet al-Marajim, where eight of them resorted to digging caves in order to live in them, and to live far from chasing after the occupation, but the ban decision prevented them from completing the work.
Thus, these families and all residents remain in Khirbet al-Marajim, facing a torrent of prevention and confiscation decisions that rained down on them during the month of March.
The owner of the cave restoration initiative in Khirbet al-Marajim indicates that the occupation prevents them from restoring their homes, or carrying out new construction operations on the ground, and they are also prohibited from digging and restoring caves underneath, claiming that it is a closed security zone, due to the establishment of a training camp for the army several years ago.
It is pointed out that the decision to prohibit the construction of houses and the restoration of caves comes within the framework of confiscating all Palestinian lands and displacing its original inhabitants, to be included in the training camp, and the establishment of outposts. Palestinian families live in Khirbet al-Marajim in extremely tragic conditions, as there is no suitable place to live after the ban decisions issued by the occupation, which prevent them from extending water and electricity networks, so that these families suffer many forms of suffering, in order to provide alternatives to lighting, drinking water, and the necessities of life. Daily, according to Farag.
He added, “The families in Khirbet live in houses made of tin, which lack the basic necessities of daily life. At the same time, they are unable to construct new homes, while the occupation prevents them from resorting to building caves.”
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