South Hebron Hills, Tarqumiya
The grocery shop at the entrance to Tarkumiyya had become our fixed place of meeting at this stage of the game.
A drive on road 35, with a stop for figs at the ‘sukkah’ at the side of the road.
At the intersection of Shuyukh-Se'ir an accident with many people, police, bystanders. We saw one car slightly damaged. We did not stop. It seemed that everything was under control.
Flags are flying. The atonement offering for the poor of the city…..from the group “Mekimi”.
The synagogue of “Hazon David” still stands in all its misery and obstinacy to “hold” the new area.
It is very quiet at 'Abed's. He said that the lawyer Ronit Dahan-Ramati had not contacted him since I had given her his phone number so as to speak to him. The goal being to free him from his being classed as a “security risk” for no reason. We will try again.
The entire area is filled with prominent blue signs: King David Street, Tarpat Street, etc. (in English and Hebrew, not in Arabic).
At the top of Tel Rumeida is a big group of school children from Jerusalem touring the city of the Patriarchs.
At the Jewish cemetery a group of worshippers praying. The flag is at half mast.
Next to the neighborhood clinic, mothers with children in their arms are making their way (on foot of course) in spite of the heat and terrible haze.
Maybe because of this all the checkpoints …the pharmacy, bend 106, are very quiet and there are few people. The soldiers are present.