Notes on the Geography of Great Mirror: Photo 14
The people who stay behind are poor. One of their perpetual problems is water, for which they rely on water held in cisterns. This large building, with half a dozen apartments for members of an extended family, was empty except for this one man. Access was through a single door in the wall of a blind tunnel branching off the qusseba. He said that an Israeli had come to him with a blank check, his to fill out as he liked, if he would sell him the property. Drawing a rubber bucket of water from his cistern, he did not add that it would have been worth his life for him to have accepted that offer.
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