Hebron, Sansana (Meitar Crossing), South Hebron Hills
Translator: Charles K.
Today’s shift is in Rabin’s memory, in particular to commemorate the fact that he was murdered!!! We continue to light a candle, believing peace is possible.
Today’s the Muslim New Year, children are off from school and there’s little traffic on the roads – also because there’s a shortage of gasoline on the West Bank. It was reported the gas stations were empty yesterday.
Three buses transporting families on their way to visit prison inmates. By 07:30 they’d already gone through inspection.
No Palestinian trucks where loads of sand are transferred “back-to-back” (because of the gasoline shortage?).
Near Simia-Samua. A military vehicle scatters the words that “Fighters for Peace”spelled out in rocks. The soldiers don’t arrest anyone.
We drove to the Naguhot road. Construction to expand the settlement is underway on private Palestinian land.
Beit Awwa checkpoint. Three Palestinians youths are detained; the brigade commander’s vehicle stops there. We don’t stop because it looks as if they’re being released and we didn’t want to tangle with the brigade commander.
There’s a pretty long Border Police checkpoint below the pillbox at the Idna/Tarqumiyya junction, apparently because of highway repairs.
At the Beit Anin/Hebron roadblock soldiers are eating breakfast. There are no detainees.
Hebron is desolate and deserted. The gate in the green apartheid wall next to the Cave of the Patriarchs parking lot has been left open. On our way back we see the soldiers at the Beit Haggai checkpoint have stopped an elderly man riding in a car with Israeli plates. Police arrived by chance and released him, but not before he asks the soldiers whether they suspect him of terrorism and they say no. The car is on its way to Hebron; we don’t understand the logic behind stopping cars entering Hebron.