Empires rise and empires fall. In 2005 Greater Israel withdrew from Gaza and a small number of isolated outposts across the West Bank. Kadim was one of them. It had previously been a secular settlement overlooking the Palestinian town of Jenin. As with all such Israeli withdrawls, rather than allow enemies to live in the buildings they built, they destroyed everything. Or almost everything. The roads they built and the basketball court are still there.

So are some of the trees they planted in their gardens. Now every Friday Palestinians from Jenin and the surrounding villages make their way there to picnic and play. On maps, the land is still Area C, full Israeli control. So nothing is built. Most of the week it lies empty. Until the next Friday, the next game of volleyball, and the next barbeque.

Jenin 2012