“When I was young, I would have been fascinated by the weird fruit,” writes Rania Abedin, who grew up in a town called Jabal Ya’are in southern Israel.
“The fruit was not only a delight to look at, it was also something we could get.”
Abedin remembers one day, in the summer of 2016, her family brought her and her siblings a fruit called tikkun olam, which she described as “a little orange-like fruit with a sharp, scaly fruit-like shape.”
“It was a lot more of a novelty,” she said, “but I was happy because it was a fun and creative way to eat the fruit.”
Abdallah and his brothers were born in Jabal Ye’arim, a settlement in southern Tel Aviv, in 1980.
Their family moved to Beit She’an, the capital of the Galilee, a city that lies on the Mediterranean Sea between the Mediterranean coast and the Mediterranean sea.
In the late 1980s, the Israeli army built the Beit Sakhnin Military Air Base in Beit Yisrael, which became known as the “military air base” in Israel.
In 1993, the Israel Defense Forces began constructing an air base in the town of Jabal Y’arab near the Israeli-Gaza border.
But, it took until the mid-2000s for the military to construct its first major construction project in Beitshev, an area located at the southern border of the Gaza Strip, the most densely populated part of the country.
Abdalah, the eldest of the four brothers, and his father, Amir, the mayor of Jabaliya, were among the first families to be displaced from the town by the Israeli military, which took over the town in the late 1990s.
“We lived there in Beithiv [near the Gaza border] for years,” Abdallah told The Jerusalem Times.
“We didn’t want to leave the town, but we didn’t know how long it would last.”
The Beit Ya’ariv military air base has since been built on land that was once part of Jabalia’s Beit Shaul neighborhood.
The base has housed approximately 500 Israeli soldiers, with hundreds of others stationed in the nearby town of Yatta.
In 2013, the Beithav residents began organizing a petition to demand that the military remove the structures from their land.
In response, the military demolished the Bei Ya’ariya military airbase and the homes of the residents, including Abdallah’s father.
“There was no other option than to take the structure down and rebuild it,” Abedah told The Times.
He and his siblings lived in the area for nearly three years until their father’s death in 2014, the year he turned 40.
The Beithavi family is still living in Jabaliyah, and the military continues to demolish the structures, demolishing homes and building structures in their place.
Today, the area is home to the city of Beit Yarab and the city’s municipal building, which is situated at the site of the Beitshav military airfield.
The family of Beithava is not the only family in Jabalya who was forced to leave in the wake of the destruction.
The Beithavis, along with the Beirut-based family of Abedalah and Abedallah’s brothers, fled from Jabaliyya in September 2016, following an eviction notice issued by the town’s local authority.
In December 2016, the local municipality announced that the Beitzidim family would be relocated to Jabaliyeh, which was located just south of Jabaleh, another small settlement in the Gaza strip.
The relocation was not an easy decision for the Beilithav family, who were forced to relocate their entire family to Jabal Yarab in order to continue living there.
Abedalahu, the oldest of the brothers, said that in order for them to be able to return to Jabalyah, they had to be moved to Jabalishev.
“I had a lot of problems to deal with,” he told The Sunday Times.
“It took me three months to move out of the house.
I had to get all the necessary documents.
It was not easy to move my parents, who are still in Beiruts [an Israeli military base near the Gaza city of Rafah] and are now living in an apartment in Beitzdam.”
Abduallah said that while the relocation of his family had been a difficult experience, it wasn’t the only one.
“I had to move from Beit El’iyeh to Jabalia in order not to lose the family’s property.
We have a house there, but it is not used.
We also had to relocate our daughter to Jabala’ in order stay in Jabalisshev.””
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