Hebron, South Hebron Hills, Tue 29.10.13, Morning

Natanya G. and Michal Tz. (reports); Nili Magid

Translator:  Charles K.


Meitar checkpoint

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen such a “boring” morning.  All the laborers have gone through the Meitar checkpoint and everything’s calm.


Southern Hebron Hills

Highway 60 is almost empty.

No flying checkpoints, except next to the lovely cabbage field at the entrance to Al Fawwar:  a military vehicle and soldiers stand in the bushes, detaining people and inspecting vehicles.  Since they weren’t on the road, we noticed them only as we drove by.  The road is narrow and dangerous at that point and we couldn’t stop to go back and see what was happening.  When we returned after an hour and a half they were no longer there.

The checkpoint below Beit Haggai is open; there are no soldiers.

The guard at the entrance to Kiryat Arba knows and greets us:  “What do you think about today’s prisoner release?” he asks, opening the gate. 

Hebron is quiet this morning.  No signs or decorations; apparently none of the released prisoners is from Hebron.

Normal traffic at all checkpoints in the city; someone at the Pharmacy checkpoint whose documents are being inspected is released immediately.  Life goes on.  The hobnailed boot stamps firmly.


Ukafim checkpoint (Highways 35/60) is also quiet; no soldiers are present today.