South Hebron Hills, due south of Um al Kher
The village lands are divided according to the ownership of the families living there.
The restrictions on grazing areas imposed by the settlements around, as well the the ongoing drought, forced the community to feed their herds not only through shepherding but also with fodder. Recently, due to settler harassment, they have to limit grazing in open areas and must keep close to the village, feeding them only with fodder. This is highly expensive and sometimes they have to sell part of the herd in order to feed the rest of the herd. In 2023 they have approximately 1500-1700 heads of herd.
Women produce the dairy and wool products.
Threats and obstacles
The nearby settlements restrict their grazing areas. Settler violence has escalated in the last few years. A settler from the new outpost of Maan Farm causes harm to the community. He wonders between their houses threatening the children with his dog and disturbing the villagers with his ATV . He caused serious trauma to children who required therapy and medication. The same settler(Yesiskhar) has also beaten a man from the village. This settler also herds his sheep ,illegally, on private Palestinian land that villagers rent and plant with barley and wheat for grazing their herd. They filed a complaint to the authorities against him, with no result.
Due to harassment and limitation of movement, herds are loosing their grazing options and thus need to be fed by fodder only. This leads to higher expenses and eventually the farmers have to sell part of the herd to be able to keep what is left.