Hebron, South Hebron Hills, Tarqumiya

Observers: 
Raya, Hagit S-S. (reporting); Translator: Charles K.
17/06/2015
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Morning

This time we also entered via Tarqumiyya but met M. and his car after the crossing, next to the Tarqumiyya grocery, to avoid problems later when we leave.

 

We drove to Hebron.  We saw the shed that has been rebuilt at Giv’at Avichai.

The children have begun their summer vacation and we feel it everywhere.

Many organized tours in the Cave of the Patriarchs area, as is often the case (tourists, Israelis, etc.).

The soldiers in the booth opposite ‘Abed’s shop have detained a youth.  They say it takes a long time to get information about him over the phone.  If they had a computer everything would be different.  Since portable computers are easily available today (every police car has one), the question arises: is there someone to talk to so there will be a computer here also?

 

‘Abed tells us he wants very much to go to Jerusalem during Ramadan, to Al Aqsa (his son too), and applied for a permit because he’s 57, and the age cutoff is 55.  But it turned out he’s blacklisted.  He was already in contact with a DCL officer who promised to help cancel the blacklisting, but a month has already passed and nothing happened because he was asked to write a letter of “apology” for something he didn’t do, and he’s not unwilling.  He assumes they’re making problems for him because he was attacked by Baruch Marzel’s gang.  As you remember, his head was injured and he was held for hours by the police, and was forced to pay to be released.  Raya speaks to the DCL officer; he promises he’s dealing with it, and also gave the phone number of someone else to whom ‘Abed can speak.

‘Abed’s already been in contact with Yesh Din.

 

It’s not clear what’s happening at the Tarpat checkpoint.  Everything’s blocked off except for a very narrow passage.  The sign:  “Only for the handicapped and carts.”

 

A lone soldier at Tel Rumeida, a Border Police armored vehicle driving all around the neighborhood.

 

A soldier inspects documents at the Pharmacy checkpoint.

 

Shuyukh-Sa’ir junction: military vehicles and soldiers detain an Israeli driver and vehicle.

 

Another man – young, this time – approaches us and pleads for us to help him obtain a permit to go to Al Aqsa for Ramadan.  We’re told he can apparently apply on his own because he’s not blacklisted.