Hebron, Sansana, South Hebron Hills, Wed 9.6.10, Afternoon
Translator: Charles K.
2:30-5:30 in the afternoon.
On our way to Hebron, we noticed that, as our colleagues reported, the road from Dahariyya to Jerusalem is no longer blocked.
Farther on, instead of the dirt road leading to the village of Avda, and the roadblock that for years has been in the middle of that road, a broad, two-lane road is being constructed, and we witnessed asphalt being laid.
Checkpoint 160: Soldiers patrol with drawn weapons, two detainees but TIPH people are also present. On our way back the place is empty. Later we ran into the detainees walking near the Cave of the Patriarchs, so everything seems to be ok.
Tel Rumeida: The soldiers tell us they had a quiet week. Suddenly, Anat Cohen appeared, clinging to us annoyingly; then she returns to her car, blocks the road, satisfied with herself, until a soldier goes over to her, says something quietly and she starts the car and drives off.
On the way back we stopped at the Sansana checkpoint. An additional external shed has been added to the building, with iron railings to indicate where people should wait on line, and also, apparently, to prevent crowding around the sole entrance to the crossing area which is composed of turnstiles. The market has moved back a little; there were beautiful fruits and vegetables from Dahariyya.