Hebron, Sansana, South Hebron Hills, Tue 26.4.11, Morning
Translator: Charles K.
The closure doesn’t end until tomorrow, so the Meitar checkpoint is deserted.
Route 60 is almost completely deserted.
There’s almost no military presence either.
An observation balloon floats over the area.
We see many children on their way to the UNRWA school at El-Fawwar.
Hebronis quiet after Passover.
The CPT volunteers are patrolling in town, accompanied by an Italian agricultural delegation who’ll meet local farmers to see how they can help.
At the Pharmacy checkpoint they tell us that shortly before we arrived a youth who objected to being inspected was beaten by Border Police soldiers. They didn’t see what happened, only overheard what went on in the booth. The youth was released immediately because teachers and TIPH staff arrived.
There were no detainees when we arrived, nor at any of the other checkpoints in the city.
The Cave of the Patriarchs area is quiet. All the shops are closed, but two settlers next to Beit Gutnick look at us and shout: “Here are the traitors.”
We drove to Beit Anun. Trucks still have to transfer their loads back-to-back because of the concrete barriers. In fact, we saw how a truck loaded with gas cylinders unloads them onto the barriers, where they are picked up by people from Beit Anun. The horrible routine.
We’d planned to visit the guy who’d been bitten by the soldiers’ dog. We thought he was hospitalized in Soroka, but got a message from “Yesh Din” that he’d been released, but because he’d been defined as being in Israel without permission he was jailed in Hebron.