Dura-Al Fawwar Junction, Hakvasim (sheep) Junction, South Hebron Hills, Susiya, Zif Junction

Observers: 
Hagit Sar Shalom, Raya Ye’or, Michal Tsadik (reporting); Translator: Charles K.
31/12/2015
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Morning

After three difficult months we dared today to visit a few of our acquaintances in the area.

We began at Susya.

At the entrance to the locality, a monument to the infant from the Dawabsha family.

Our friend ‘Azzam drove along winding roads to the hospital in Yatta with his wife, via Samu’a, because the entry near them is blocked.

The wind there is cold and biting.  ‘Azzam’s sons invite us into their warm, pleasant tent.

They’re fine, but last night settlers came.  Why?  Why not.

There’s also a drone newly overhead in the past few days.

The tent is dark until the sun rises.  They have neither sun nor electricity.

We ask why there are no wind turbines to generate electricity in such a windy location.  “We erected them but they were demolished.”  Why?  Because they’re too noticeable.  Because they emphasize the fact that the electric wires passing over their heads are intended only for the Jewish locality of Susia. 

Children are home early from school because of exams; the family’s workers are also home today.

We drove to Zif junction.  At the grocery Nabil says everything’s quiet.  Today there’s no checkpoint at the entrance to Yatta.

We continued to the junction with Highway 60 and from there past Kvasim junction.  Checkpoints in both directions, soldiers at the entrance to Hebron.

Beit Haggai – below it another entrance to Hebron blocked by a gate and soldiers controlling entry.

Dura al Fawwar junction.  Roadblocks at all the entrances to all the Palestinian localities – ‘Abda, Karameh.

We see again everywhere the mounds of earth and rocks at the entrances to every place in which people live, as it was in recent years. Only the entrance to Dahariyya was open, with no soldiers.