Hebron, Sansana (Meitar Crossing), South Hebron Hills

Observers: 
Yael Agmon, Michal Tsadik (reporting); Translator: Charles K.
16/05/2015
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Morning

Everything flows at the Meitar checkpoint.  Four buses with relatives of prisoners on the Palestinian side.  The relatives have already left.

 

Highway 317

Summer has descended everywhere.  Yellow and dry as far as the eye can see.

The lovely new expansion of Sham’a, Susya and Carmel is eye-popping.

At Zif junction we met Taysir, a teacher in Tuwani.  He brought his daughter’s documents; she wants to enter the doctoral program in mathematics at Ben Gurion University.  We’ll pass them on to the appropriate persons and hope for the best.

A second man, who must go to Sha’arey Tzedek hospital for a follow-up, asks for our help because he’s blacklisted by the Shabak (GSS).  Sylvia and Chana Barg are telling him what he needs to know.  He’ll do what he has to and we’ll try to help him.

 

The helplessness and dependence of these people on the regime for every step they must take is humiliating and frustrating again and again.

 

The observation balloon is in the same location above the outpost overlooking the road to Negohot.

 

The silence of summer vacation envelops Hebron.

 

The Kfir brigade is now on duty there.

 

The Hazon David “synagogue” is still in ruins.

 

Groups of young people from the United States and Canada at the Cave of the Patriarchs.  They’re pleased to see our MachsomWatch badges.  A few girls happily tell us about a wonderful woman from MachsomWatch they met yesterday; it was extremely interesting.  Her name is Rony Perelman.

 

Many other groups from Israel and abroad.  Avner, from Breaking the Silence, also accompanies a group.  We’re glad to see one another; he tells them about us and our activities.

 

It’s quiet at all the checkpoints and roadblocks; no one’s been detained.

 

I ask ‘Abed, from the souvenir shop, whether shops on Sahala Street, that connects to Shuhadeh Street, will open on Friday as the newspaper reported.  “They’re liars; the settlers won’t let them.”  I asked him to contact me Friday and let me know what’s happening there, whether the locals will be allowed to resume normal lives and open 150 shops as promised.  We’ll see.

 

Everything’s as usual at Beit Hameriva.  A settlement masquerading as an IDF base.

Beit Hamachpela is still deserted.

The new shop, “A warm welcome corner for IDF soldiers,” in Beit Hameriva is open and deserted.