Hebron, Sansana (Meitar Crossing), South Hebron Hills
The parking lot is almost full; we’re very glad. People were waiting for the opportunity to earn a living and went to work.
South Hebron Hills
We looked for those families whose homes the army had searched for the kidnapped youths to express our solidarity (Dahariya, Dura and the villages in between). Today we met more than ten families whose homes were searched but who had no connection with the kidnapping; their homes were far from where the bodies were found. It turned out they searched only large homes where they assumed there was room to hide the youths. Cash that was in the house was missing after the searches, which caused much damage. The water cisterns (which were also searched) were emptied. This collective punishment, and the murder of the Palestinian youth, has left people angry and sorrowful – the joy of the holiday is gone. The great anger and the remains of the burned tires are visible along the main roads.
Only one observation balloon is in the air, over Beit Haggai. That entrance to Hebron is closed, as are those from Shuyukh and Sa’ir. An annoying traffic police patrol car at the Kvasim junction is looking for people to ticket. A new road is being paved on Manoah Hill over private Palestinian land.
Mitzpeh Avichai, north of the entrance to Kiryat Arba, has been reestablished. The settlers are waving the bloody shirt. Banners reading “The Eternal People Isn’t Afraid” are displayed along the road.
More evidence of racism at the entrance to Kiryat Arba when only M., our driver, is asked to show an ID. When we present ours the guard doesn’t want to take them. When I tell him that’s racist he says, “Complain to the police.” As if the Hebron police and Danino would be any help. Racism rears its head everywhere and no one says a word.
Hebron is deserted. The grocery store doesn’t have any of the special cheeses produced by the dairy that was demolished – we looked for it but it’s deep in the H2 area and we didn’t reach it. Noam Arnon, the spokesman for the Jewish settlement in Hebron, is leading two large tour groups, preaching to them next to Beit HaMeriva. The sadness and rage (restrained, for now) are clearly felt.