Hebron, Sun 12.2.12, Morning

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Lea S. and Paula (reporting)
Seriously? Does this make us safer?

Translator:  Charles K.

Reports by CPT and ISM observers, as well as Amira Hess’ article today in Ha’aretz, describe harsh behavior by Golani soldiers toward  Hebron residents living in the area under total military control, including breaking into homes in the middle of the night, taking people out into the cold, destroying property and looting.

We encountered no incidents on our morning shift, in Hebron’s bitter cold and sparkling clear air.  A Norwegian volunteer told us that homes were invaded Tuesday night (between February 7/8), and that volunteers were allowed to photograph only from a distance of 50 meters  or more.  They said those are the new rules.  She promised to send us copies of the photos.  One of the laborers told Muhammad about the army making arrests and entering people’s homes on the night between February 8/9.

It turns out that Hebron’s governor held a press conference yesterday to protest the “behavior” of Golani soldiers – based in part of the CPT report – that’s what I learned from a volunteer I ran into yesterday, who was particularly upset by how the handicapped girl was treated.

The report appears on CPT’s website:   http://www.cpt.org/underattack .

In order to create the impression that Hebron is just another city, one that adheres to the usual traffic regulations, signs have been erected – “No Entry” and other such road signs – which will certainly help residents speeding madly through the streets in donkey carts.

That’s what we heard and saw in the city of the patriarchs and the matriarchs that’s getting ready for Purim.