Slowly, the small group of demonstrators approaches the soldiers. Around seventy-five people had turned out for this week’s protest, a mix of Palestinian villagers and Israeli activists, women and children, international fellow travelers, a handful of reporters. The crowd was chanting and clapping as they wound their way down the road leading to the spring the settlers seized; as they came around the last bend before the checkpoint the soldiers came into view, thirteen of them, fitted with rifles and riot gear and spread in a line across the road.

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Nota bene: This one had a somewhat complicated publication history. It was first published in the Spring 2013 issue of Jewish Currents. Then it was reprinted by the Utne Reader. And then Currents published a revised, expanded version of the story online. So you can take your pick.