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During the raid, dozens of Yatta village students were there. Masked, armed soldiers terrified them. Villagers weren't told what's at stake.

Days earlier, similar operations were conducted in two other villages. Tuba and Magher al-Abeed residents were mistreated.

In response to Jinba's raid, Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) lawyer, Tamar Feldman, said Israel's 2000 High Court decision let them continue village life unobstructed. In early August, that changed.

Attorney Shlomo Lecker called raiding Jinba a "heavy-handed violation of the injunction issued by Supreme Court President Aharon Barak in 2000." Israel violates international law, its own, and High Court rulings repeatedly.

At the time, an IDF spokesman said details on its operations aren't provided.

One resident spoke for others, saying: "Farming is in our soul and in our blood. If they take this away, we will be destroyed." It's happening to hundreds of Palestinians in eight to 12 villages.

On August 20, Haaretz columnist Amira Hass headlined "A proper Zionist live fire zone," saying:

Israel's army and Civil Administration have been "impos(ing) their authority as the supreme sovereign"." Closed military zone orders deny Palestinians their legal rights.

Hundreds of shepherds and farmers grazed livestock and cultivated land long before Israel existed. Israel wants generations of tradition ended. Indigenous inhabitants face displacement and dispossession.

Mahmoud Jabarin lives in Live Fire Zone 918. Soldiers stole his tractor. Jinba goats disappeared. A day later they were found alive and well. Tractor driver Hamza Jabarin was detained. He's being lawlessly held.

In mid-August, Civil Administration personnel impounded two vehicles near Mufaqara village. They claimed fire zone orders were violated. In May, other confiscations occurred. A vehicle taking teachers to school was affected.

Palestinians expect repeated incidents. Lawful residents are losing homes, other property, and land. Events on the ground comprise "a continuum of space and time."

What's at stake outweighs individual abuses. In affected areas, laws are enacted. Master plans follow. Military orders are issued. Palestinian rights are sacrificed for Jewish ones. 

"The continuum of time is also erasing the pre-1967 border." What happened in the Galilee earlier (Live Fire Zone 9) is planned. Seven new Jewish communities will replace Bedouin ones. It's been ongoing for decades.

Palestine is being stolen durum by durum for Jews. Headlines don't explain. When firing zones aren't used as pretexts, other scams are created out of whole cloth.

Land Israel wants is declared unauthorized and illegal. Longtime residents are displaced. Homes and property are demolished. What once was no longer exists. It began in 1948. It never ended.

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