Hebron, Sansana (Meitar Crossing), South Hebron Hills, Tue 31.1.12, Morning
Translator: Charles K.
The parking lot on the Israeli side is still full of cars and laborers waiting for the last people coming through inspection. The Palestinian side is already empty.
Empty, the landscape green and very lovely on this cold, inclement day. A few almond trees awakening, not yet in their full glory. School children still on vacation so the roadsides are empty, nor is there much traffic on the road.
The city is empty and clean. Aside from all the international groups, the only people we see are from the UN TIPH. The children apparently have also stayed inside to play. Only the settlers’ children wait for their ride to school.
Golani soldiers guard the empty checkpoints, don’t even try to be polite to us and return our greeting; they simply ignore us.
We returned via Zif and Carmel to get a glimpse of Sussiya. A cold wind blows on the hill, their sheds/tents look empty until someone comes to see who’s in the approaching vehicle. They told us about demolition orders issued for the buildings located too far from the road. They gave the material to an attorney because they can’t follow the rules of the Civil Administration without upsetting the traditional allocation of land among the families. We simply can’t understand who dares abuse such poor people, who make do with so little. We fled in shame at the gap between our standard of living and theirs.