Hebron, South Hebron Hills, Tarqumiya, Wed 10.3.10, Morning
Translation: Bracha B.A.
Two busses carrying families to Israeli prisons for visits leave the checkpoint. There are few people at the checkpoint except for one or two merchants entering Israel.
On their way back: over 15 people who were caught in Israel without proper permits are now brought to the CP and made to return to the P.A.
The checkpoints to Hebron are open except for the humanitarian checkpoint -- where everything seems just the opposite to that, namely inhuman: very few people to be seen and almost no sign of life.
Ramat Mimere: Construction proceeds in full speed: whatever was not built during the past year is now rapidly being compensated.
After the two temporary houses on the right-hand hill were demolished, two wooden houses were built in their stead.
An Israeli flag flies over the Arab neighborhood, but there are no Jewish houses here at all.
the Shouhada Street is empty. Soldiers of the Kfir brigade man the checkpoints and are polite and pleasant, at least at the Tel Romeida Checkpoint.
The Cave of the Patriarchs: The unbearably loud music from the speakers at the Gutnick Center irritates everyone, including the soldiers and residents and people who work in the neighborhood. Perhaps the new law will put an end to that. Tourises seem especially puzzled by this impossibly loud music.