The small community of Husan sits between Bethlehem and Hebron. Husan has existed for almost four hundred years, with the original inhabitants coming from Saudi Arabia. Today, its 6,000 inhabitants consist of farmers, employees of factories, and workers, however the majority are children and students. From the hills of Husan one can see Jerusalem and on a clear day, even the Mediterranean Sea. At first glance, it is a serene village. The people here are satisfied with their lives, their land, their families and their farms. As one farmer says, “There is only one obstacle and that is the occupation, which is killing and shrinking Palestine, making life miserable.”
 
In 1985, Israel began the process of land confiscation in Husan for the construction of settlements. The village which once consisted of 12,000 dunams, now has 7,000 dunams which consist of land that is part of both Areas B and C under the Oslo Accords. Over 5,000 dunams have been confiscated by Israel. The village tried to fight the confiscation in court, however they did not succeed.
 
Settlements surround the village of Husan, such as Betar Illit which consists of over 3,000 dunams and 34,700 settlers. This settlement began construction after the first confiscations in Husan in 1985. Since then, more land has been taken to accommodate the expansion of the settlement and the settler roads.
 
The settlements have not only assaulted their land but also their economy. In 2000 the industrial paint factory was shutdown because it was too close to the entrance of the settlement. The building was eventually demolished and the workers lost their jobs.
 
Israel also intends to build a large electrical line through the land of Husan. Although the project gives the appearance of development, it is actually a form of land confiscation because the electricity from the line is off-limits to Palestinians. While the line will drastically impact the lives of villagers, it is only to be used by the illegal settlers. The high-pressure electrical line will confiscate an area of land that extends 10 meters on either side of the line in addition to the land needed for the electrical tower, an area with a radius of 50-meters.
 
People’s homes are also under attack in Husan. More than a dozen homes within the village have been demolished. Another forty homes have pending demolition orders. Many of these homes are set to be demolished because they are built on land in Area C. Husan’s land is only comprised of 12% Area B, and most of this land permitted for development is already overwhelmingly full of homes and houses. Families have no other choice to build in Area C. For the people of Husan, it does not matter in what “area” their land exists; Husan is all Palestinian land, yet on a daily basis it is being threatened.
 
For the people of Husan, existence has become a form of resistance. They are choosing to stay on their land and work to develop it so that Israel cannot find reason to confiscate more. The people are determined that nothing is impossible and that the history books will speak with shame when they see how the Palestinians were treated. 
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