Hebron, South Hebron Hills, Mon 1.6.09, Morning

Raya, Hagit S. (reports)

Translation: Bracha B.A.

Road 35

The entrance to Hebron and the Humanitarian Checkpoint are open. 
Shuyuch-Hebron CP: we meet two pleasant students but had difficulty talking to them, not knowing Arabic. Soldiers in two army jeeps on the road reported that things were quiet and that there was not much “action.”


This is a late morning shift and it appears that summer vacation is gradually beginning.  School lets out at 10 o’clock, and children are running about everywhere.
The Tzion Route: closed off.
Curve 160: The pillbox is manned.  We got off the car to look around and were immediately treated to a “friendly” meeting with Ofer Ochana (whom we finally got the chance to meet).  He immediately pulled out a camerainfo-icon and got very close while showering us with various greetings such as “insolent disgusting traitors, get out of here, soldiers were killed here because of you…etc.
The Patriarchs' Caves' Tomb: The music is blaring as usual.  The singer says: “Israel of love.”  How ironic.  At the checkpoint there are no detaineesinfo-icon at the checkpoint and people going through are not being checked. 
It is quiet at Basam’s [store] today. There is no work but he and his son are smiling as usual.  They report that it is quiet in the House of Dispute and in the area.