That’s a community located an easy stroll away from Beit Ur Al Tahta (the subject of the Amira Hass story) and the adjoining Beit Ur Al Fuqah. Translated to English, the names of those villages are Lower House of Straw, and Upper House of Straw.
Note also that, as Wikipedia points out, they are built on the ruins of the Biblical… Beit Horon. (Who are settlers here, and who is native? It’s rarely as black-and-white in this conflicted part of the world as people like Hass like to portray.)
Hass manages to tell her story without mentioning the rash of murderous stabbings at the Arab-owned Dor Alon gas station on Route 443, an easy hike away from the Beit Ur villages. And other recent Arab-on-Israeli assaults launched on or close to the busy route. And the long history of stabbings, shootings and rammings that have characterized the relationship of our neighbors withthiskey road. On November 23, 2015, as her editors at Haaretz reported, an Israeli, Ziv Mizrahi, just18, was stabbed to death there. Numerous other Israelis have escaped with their lives but injured and maimed. [Clickherefor some of our posts about attacks on Israelis on and near Route 443.]
There’s something depressingly fitting in Hass, recipient of the World Press Freedom Hero award 16 years ago by her peers in the news industry, delivering a bogus slapdown of Israeli “terror” that focuses on a hamlet populated by straw men.