E1-settler outpost

Trip Start Dec 10, 2007
Trip End Jan 10, 2008

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Aunt Jen said it was high time for my political education to begin. She and a journalist friend of hers took me to a place that has recently been the center of controversy called "E1". E1 is near the settlement of Maale Adumim and the settlers there are planning to expand their settlement to that area, but the Palestinians whose land it is are trying to resist having their land stolen. Lately, "hilltop settler youth" (these are the youth that put caravans on hilltops to create "facts on the ground" that will lead to new settlements) have been camping out at E1. Aunt Jen, her friend and I drove around E1 trying to find some Hilltop Settler Youth, but all we found is their abandoned camp site and an Israeli flag. It was Channukah and we got there close to sundown, so Aunt Jen said that maybe they had already gone home to light their menorah and celebrate the holiday of freedom. I said that sounded very nice. She said she was being ironic. I said, oh, I get it, but I didn't really. I'm still pretty newly drawn and I don't really know what irony is yet.
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