About a decade ago, the Israeli High Court ruled that the IDF could no longer conduct military trainings inside Al Aqaba village. Last night the army ignored this ruling and sent soldiers into the village for live-fire training. Now a handful of internationals are in the village to support mayor Haj Sami and monitor the situation.
After ten years, this is a very clear reminder to the villagers that Al Aqaba is still designated a military zone, and that they are not in control of the land they own. Several demolitions have taken place in nearby communities this summer, but Al Aqaba’s persistant and non-violent struggle against their demolition orders, as well as the involvement of the international community in securing Al Aqaba’s future have challenged the authority of the IDF, which considers the village illegal.