Hebron, South Hebron Hills
South Hebron Hills
We took Highway 317 to Zif junction to collect the lists of children participating in Beach Days in Tel Aviv [http://minelbahar.com/119-2/]. We finished the necessary coordination. The children will have a good time this year also. Once again we have to thank Tzvia andRachel. The road is quiet; no unusual activity or military presence.
Beit HaMeriva – which the settlers call Beit HaShalom (House of peace) – flies a large flag and has a huge poster of Israel’s Declaration of Independence. Three families live there, but it looks like a regular IDF base. The large checkpoint is closed, of course, vehicle traffic restricted and supervised, nor are pedestrians able to pass freely. I wonder what people will do who must reach the adjoining cemetery.
Many local and foreign tourists around the Cave of the Patriarchs, and also a large group of air force personnel on a guided tour.
The Border Police soldiers are polite today.
New posters hang on the fences blocking the wholesale market. The amount of text posted on every tree and every wall makes the new visitor stop frequently to “enjoy” the flood of announcements and information washing over them. A traffic jam has formed on Shuhada Street, next to the steps opposite Beit Hadassah, because some settlers are standing in the middle of the road speaking with someone in a car – what do the lords of the land care if they’re blocking cars behind them? The usual symbiotic relationship with the soldiers continues, of course.
There were no detainees at any checkpoint even though it’s the hour children return from school.