Dura-Al Fawwar Junction, Hebron, Sansana (Meitar Crossing), South Hebron Hills

Observers: 
Tzipi, Michal (reporting), P. (guest); Translator: Charles K.
18/08/2015
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Afternoon

We started in the afternoon.

 

16:30  Meitar checkpoint – many laborers already returning home at this hour. 

Sham’a – the splendid new neighborhood is being built quickly.

No unusual traffic or activity all along the way.

 

Hebron

The Hazon David synagogue has been completely obliterated.  We’ll see for how long.

 

We went to console the Abu Anan family, which owns the land and whose suit in the Supreme Court against the construction led to the demolition (and repeated rebuilding by the settlers).  Now the family is deep in mourning because last week, in the midst of their son’s wedding, one of their other sons was killed.  The bride wasn’t even able to wear her white dress and they’re all now dressed in black.

An incomprehensible tragedy. Family members said the mother’s relatives live in Jordan and aren’t permitted to visit.  They went through all the usual procedures and only one person received permission. I consulted Hanna Barag.  They did everything she recommended and weren’t successful. If someone has any information that could help, I’ll be glad to receive it. When we left them a police car was parked exactly where the synagogue had stood.

 

Young settlers, some on horseback, faced them.  The police seem to be there to prevent it being rebuilt. We’ll see how long this struggle continues. 

 

Otherwise, Hebron remains Hebron.

 

On our way back along Highway 60 soldiers patrolled by the pillbox at the Dura al-Fawwar junction, but it didn’t seem there was any particular reason they were there.

We crossed smoothly through the Meitar checkpoint, with no delays or questions.