On March 23 in the South Hebron Hills settlers from Mitzpe Yair Ouptpost  forced shepherds off grazing land near the village of Qawawis. The settlers came out above where the shepherds were grazing their flock, below the settlement of Mitzpe Yair, then called soldiers who came down and forced the shepherds to leave a livestock well, saying that the area was closed to both Palestinians and settlers.

soldiers order Palestinian shepherds away from livestock well below the settlement of Mitzpe Yair

soldiers order Palestinian shepherds away from livestock well below the settlement of Mitzpe Yair

A settler chases sheep and a Palestinian shepherd down the valley below the livestock well. March 23, 2014

A settler chases sheep and a Palestinian shepherd down the valley below the livestock well. March 23, 2014

Settlers near Qawawis March 23, 2014

Settlers near Qawawis March 23, 2014

After the soldiers left the same settlers chased the shepherds and their flock down the valley, shouting at the sheep and goats. They continued to chase the shepherds from valley to valley for the rest of the day, following them almost all the way back to the village of Qawawis.  During all of this time they were on Palestinian land.

Settlers direct soldiers to chase Palestinian shepherds away from livestock well near Qawawis.

Settlers direct soldiers to chase Palestinian shepherds away from livestock well near Qawawis.

A settler chases sheep and a Palestinian shepherd down the valley below the livestock well. March 23, 2014

A settler chases sheep and a Palestinian shepherd down the valley below the livestock well. March 23, 2014

© 2015 With love from Hebron.
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