Hebron, South Hebron Hills, Susiya

Nili and Hagit (reporting and photographing); Translation: Hanna Kahana

Wewere in Susiya.

Hereunder are three links to film strips where we photographed Azaam Nawaj'a (Nasser's uncle).




The bulldozers are not in the area and the uncertainty bothers the people. The reportage of this morning in the "Ha'Aretz" newspaper lifted their spirits up a bit. Perhaps the international pressure causes them to try discard the idea of evacuation. If only!



Abed is in mourning – his niece died yesterday night and he and guests sit next to the house. The shop is closed. At the CP passers-by are detained but for longer than five minutes.


Yesterday, Tish'a be-Av, was an unusual Jewish day at the Cave of Machpela – and there were clashes during the prayers…not something people are not used to in Hebron. Among the praying people above the grocery owner tells us that great crowds came out of Kiryat Arba to pray at the Cave of Machpela – and that the army was around all the time – but that there were no unusual events.


At Tel Rumeida above we met a young Palestinian woman who stood opposite a soldier and didn't move. The soldier talked with the police and it took us some time to understand what had happened.


It turned out that at half past ten (we arrived there at half past eleven) the soldiers stopped a young Palestinian who was without an ID card and detained him for investigation in order to ascertain whether it was the same man who yesterday threw a glass bottle on the soldiers at the Tarpat CP. The army has cameras there. The young man phoned his sister and asked her to come and bring his ID card with her. She arrived with her brother's ID card and gave it to the soldiers. They took him for inverstigation without telling her where they took him to and for how long. She was very worried. The Muchtar of Tel Rumeida (the one that is on the photo) came to be with her, and in the meantime the TIPH soldiers arrived too. The woman amongst them who spoke fluent Arabic began taking care of the matter – as the soldiers refused to talk to us. The procedure is that a Palestinian may inquire what happened to a member of his family only at the DCO. The soldiers of the TIFH did not know the procedure and it took time to explain it to them. We did not photograph the woman nor the TIFH policemen. Most of the time there was only one soldier there and he called for reinforcement. The soldier who arrived photographed us and and the our car number plate.