"It is only ten miles to Tel Aviv – where the artists sing about love, the heart and the pain"
"EIN AL HILARu002FMASKIYOT, the jordan valley. Ortal Cohen, 32, gets excited when she talks about Eurovision, are you going there, "she says," I bet the tickets are expensive."
"Maybe struntmusiken in Tel Aviv, a welcome break in a country where so much is politics, politics, politics, occupation, settlements and the constant state of war."
"Perhaps it is simply that the interest for struntmusik on a parity with the prosperity to live in. Ortal Cohen can afford to think on things that are not important. She lives on the west bank in the settlement of Maskiyot, a kind of colony, which under international law is illegal."
"If the Ortal can afford to take an interest in schlagerfestivalen away in Tel Aviv, the reverse is true for Mohammed Olian. He is herding sheep and living in a tent of tarps on a hillside below the settlement Miskiyot. The accumulation of the wretched tents goes under the name of Ein al-Hilar."
"the Eurovision? he says. I have not heard of."
"He is friendly and mildly uninterested. It surely results from the fact that Mohammed devoid of tv, radio and newspapers. He had a tv once, linked to a satellitdisk which stands on a blue barrel, but it broke down for five or six years ago. Download the tv! he says to one of his boys and the boy darts away, and kånkar just a dusty little thick-screen tv from a different tent, when he can't take it anymore rolls the kid unit on the gravelly hill where it is located fårskit and tussar from the newly cut animals."
"Mohammed can look up at the Ortals of residence, she can see the bottom of his tent."
"But never do the two meet."
"Ortal sitting in the shade of a large ficus outside the office where she works and says she hasn't decided if she should see a music festival than, well it should she's had enough. The sabbath ends at sunset on Saturday, so when the finale starts an hour or two later, she can put on the tv. An orthodox jew should not handle the electricity on the sabbath, the Ortal do not want to call it a rule, it is about spirituality."
"She is walking through the settlement which is reminiscent of an american suburb in its stillness and it prudentliga the distance between the houses. But they are more grey and as well as thicker here than in America, as fortresses to stand against the burning rays of the sun."
"See," says Ortal, over there is Jordan."
"She points across the rolling gray and brown landscape with its vidbrända soil. An unimaginative observer would call the plain biblical but hardly any of us have a clue about how it looked here at the prophets and Jesus time."
"Mohammed Olian do not see the vastness of the landscape. Secondly, is he further down, in a casserole, and secondly, he is circumscribed by settlements and demanded that the israeli army created over large areas, on the hills, the mountains, the parched flodfårorna and valleys."
"firing range, access forbidden, it says on a sign when driving up on it knaggliga the track to the village of Mohammed Olian live, though the village is in all honesty just a cluster of beige and black tent with a bunch of loose sheep and lots of flies."
"Mohammed is a nomadic shepherd without anywhere to go. How will such a live. Can't he give himself out on the firing range. They have said that he's not allowed to go over the road either, for where is the settlement."
"So where should he go. Where should he take the waters."
"There was an open source four kilometres away but the dried out six years ago," he says. The israelis have dug so deep wells that the water disappeared."
"So he and the other shepherds are buying water. There comes a tractor with tank wagons from the village of Bardala ten kilometers away."
"It's not always the supplier takes the hit for the sometimes put the israelis up roadblocks and send him back. But usually he will. Ten cubic meters will cost 250 shekels, the equivalent of 740 dollars."
"Ten cubic metres only lasts a few days. The animals shall have their, the people should have its."
"Out at one of the dry trågen is scrawny sheep and waiting."
"They are waiting. A boy in his teens screws on the water, and the sheep will pop down with the skulls, and the other hurrying thither, eager and thirsty."
"According to Btselem, an israeli organization for human rights, using 10 000 israeli settlers, one third of the west bank's water."
"The lives of 2.5 million palestinians in the west bank."
"You get used to a lot but not at all. You get used to, for example, not to be thirsty or to have a hard time to get the money to suffice for both water and feed to the sheep."
"But you can get used to not see the other."
"A friend of Ortal connect during fikusen. Her name is Shari Aviad. She says that it is more difficult to live in a settlement than in Israel proper. A family needs two cars."
"Ortal breaks in and talk about the cohesion between the community of 40 families and about freedom. Nature. The kids are the most out. It is so healthy! We usually walk in free, " she says, and off in the Bet Shean there are beautiful springs of water."
"no place, you are thinking so much on the water as in a desert."
"There are two settlements nearby that have swimming pools," says Ortal. One village is religious while the other is secular. People have different lifestyles but are open to each other. We love to discuss."
"at the top of the settlement is located the newly built synagogue. It is large and impressive, a testimony of the inhabitants ' fervent faith and devotion."
"you walk a few steps from the synagogue you can see the bottom of the Mohammed Olians village."
"do not Believe that Mohammed is a poor wretch without feeling for the beautiful. He has a cowboy hat in red and a tenniskjorta in pink. But there is not much time for entertainment. He goes up three o'clock in the morning, milk the sheep, give them hay, then turn out the lambs in the enclosure and take the adults to the beta."
"the Grass is dry, sparse and nutrient. It requires huge areas to feed a single sheep that need one to two kilograms of grass per day to survive."
"the Enormous space was the only wealth here. Not anymore. Mohammed has nowhere to go. Yesterday was 500 metres up a hill where it is cooler for the animals, and then he went back with the herd until evening."
"His family used to have 500."
"the Village consists of four families, 35 people. Together, they have 500 animals."
"The four families sells about 120 sheep a year. It is not enough to get together for water and hay. Mohammed and the others in the village muddle along with debts, mortgage payments, new debts, and the sheep are becoming fewer and fewer because there is bait."
"Ortal look down on the tents. The difference in height, the nice paved road where it then passes through a militärjeep and, of course, a fence that protects the settlement, different Ortal from Mohammed. "
"We have nothing in common with the palestinians," she says."
"We hang out with them. They learn to hate us, " says her writer friend Shari."
"It makes us hurt that they are fixed down there," says Ortal. If I had been there? No, it is a risk. You never know what can happen."
"up here chirping birds in the trees. Down with Mohammed bräker sheep. Each day pushes the military."
"And in Tel Aviv singing artists on the love, heart and pain. It is only ten kilometers to go."