Ten years ago this week, the Israeli military demolished â€˜Atta and
Rodeina Jaber's home for the first time. "The rubble is still in my
face, on the ground," â€˜Atta told Christian Peacemaker Team members as
he and his family harvested tomatoes in the hot, late-morning sun. "If
I forget, the rubble reminds me. Every day."
On 19 August 1998, 140 Israeli soldiers and two large bulldozers
arrived to destroy the home that â€˜Atta and Rodeina Jaber had built six
years before on land where Atta's family has lived for more than 100
Their land in the Beqa'a Valley is in Area C, which is under full
Israeli control. Palestinians are routinely denied building permits in
Neighbors, family members, Israelis and internationals immediately came
together to rebuild a two-room house with donated and supplies. But on
16 September, the army demolished this house as well. When â€˜Atta tried
to hand his infant son to a soldier to take to safety, he was beaten
and then arrested. He spent four days in jail and was unable to work
for eight months due to his injuries.