Dura-Al Fawwar Junction, Hebron, Sansana (Meitar Crossing), South Hebron Hills, Susiya

Observers: 
Lea Shakdiel, Yael Agmon (reporting); Charles K. (trans.)
11/05/2014
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Morning

06:30  We left from Shokat junction.

06:45  Meitar crossing.  Very congested on the Israeli side, dozens of people waiting for rides.  People arrive slowly on the Palestinian side.

 

Highway 60

Many Israeli flags fly at every junction leading to a Jewish locality.

No soldiers at the Dura al-Fawwar junction.

The southern entrance to Hebron, near Beit Haggai, is open; no soldiers.

Soldiers seated in an army jeep opposite Bani Na’im.

 

Hebron

An army jeep at the entrance to the Worshippers Route.

An army jeep drives toward us at the road up near Curve 160.

We’re not stopped at the entrance to the Cave of the Patriarchs compound.  Remnants of the festival are still visible on the plaza.  Shops are still closed.

 

Tel Rumeida

Very young children of settlers – kindergartners or first graders – stand at the junction, waiting for a ride.  Another group of children stands next to the blocked stairs to the Cordova school.  Jewish children get rides; hundreds of Palestinian children are forced to make a long detour on foot.

 

We go up to Giv’at Gal – a residential neighborhood. The Kiryat Arba industrial zone has been established among its houses.  Next to the home we entered there’s a site with heavy equipment for working marble.

 

South Hebron Hills

Later we drove to Zif to get a list of participants in Beach Day [http://minelbahar.com/119-2/].  We were shown a kindergarten in a donated building run by three women volunteers.  It has no equipment and no games, but everything appears well taken care of.

 

At the Tuwani school we got a list of participants in Beach Day.

 

Finally we drove to Soussiya; unfortunately, there really is very new construction.

 

But in Zif they’re not allowed to build on private Palestinian land.