Dura-Al Fawwar Junction, Halhul, Hebron, Sansana (Meitar Crossing)
Meitar crossing – the parking lot is full. During the olive harvest in Israel crossing permits are granted to younger workers for two months. We saw young men in their 20’s coming through.
That’s a positive development.
Hebron and Kiryat Arba – They’ve been declared a closed military area. Entry is permitted only to those whose IDs indicate they live there. That’s what we were told at the entrance to Kiryat Arba. We didn’t ask to see the military order, and didn’t get involved in a confrontation…
Many, many military vehicles on Highway 60
Dahariyya – a checkpoint.
Dura al-Fawwar – a checkpoint.
Kvasim junction. The gates are closed and soldiers are in the pillbox.
Beit ‘Anun junction. The gates are closed, no soldiers, Palestinians cross the road in groups and walk around a little.
Halhoul-Hebron bridge. Al-Jurs neighborhood. Soldiers in the pillbox, remnants of burning tires, Palestinian police at the entrance to Hebron.
On Highway 60 and Highway 356 – Soldiers and many military vehicles beneath every large tree.
We’re told in the grocery at Zif that the bulldozer blocked all the exits from Yatta and on Friday and Saturday [soldiers] went from house to house… We saw the results of the bulldozer’s work along all these roads…
The entrance to Yatta from Khirbet Tuwwani is closed, soldiers below the village. At Susya ‘Azzam tells us he misses seeing Israels; the army is constantly present, including patrols on foot and everyone’s very jittery. He’s grateful for the visits of people from Breaking the Silence.
But despite it all the routine continues and the crocuses are blooming.