Daniel Botelho | The Bedouins
The Hamadin community is located half way between the road that connects Jericho to Jerusalem downhill from the Mitzpe-Yericho settlelment. The clan was driven out of their lands in southern Israel in 1948 and settled in the West Bank where they migrated seasonally with their herd in search of pastures, between Ramalha and the hills lining the Jordan valley that connect Jericho and Jerusalem until 1982 when they were forced by Israeli authorities to abandon their migratory habits. The community is made up of 74 people and is under constant surveillance by Israeli authorities to prevent any construction of new structures that would develop the community, this is a strategy used throughout the West Bank to stifle development and drive out these communities to eventually appropriate their land.
The Hamadin community is yet another Bedouin community at risk of being forcibly displaced by Israeli authorities.