For over a decade, the residents of twelve uniquely traditional Palestinian villages in the area of Masafer-Yatta in the south Hebron hills have lived under the constant threat of demolition, evacuation, and dispossession. Israel had declared their area of livelihood a "Firing Zone" and in 1999 issued evacuation orders to remove the inhabitants of the villages, claiming that they are nonpermanent residents and ignoring their ancient culture of husbandry cultivation.
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