April 4, 2023 — On a recent Sunday morning, a week and a half into Ramadan, a resident of Tuwani village hired a cement truck to help him with a construction project he had planned for his family’s home. Only a few hours later, the army entered the village and, without explanation or paperwork, ordered that the construction be stopped and stated that they would be confiscating the truck.

The Hineinu activists, who were doing their Arabic homework in Susiya at the time, received an all-too-familiar, urgent phone call from an activist in Tuwani: “The army is here, come quick.” By the time they arrived at the entrance of Tuwani, the soldiers had decided that, in addition to stopping the work and confiscating the truck, they were also going to arrest the driver of the truck, all without explanation or a signed order.