Hebron, South Hebron Hills

Observers: 
Leah; Translator: Natanya
May-3-2021
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Afternoon

Because of Ramadan we held the shift very early in the morning.

Sparse traffic on the roads. At every junction and at the entrance to every settlement, soldiers with weapons aimed at the road. They are taking a chance, but I also hoped that none of their finger would accidentally slip on the guard and kill me.

In Hebron, everything is closed. But the people of Israel live and continue to travel, Ramadan or not. In the large parking lot of the Cave of the Patriarchs compound, a group of religious girls with a teacher with a head covering, get off a bus and prepare  to visit and pray in the compound. In the corner where there is refreshment for soldiers near Beit Hadassah, a group of secular youth, boys and girls, not exactly soldiers, refresh themselves and concentrate next to the guide preparing for the tour. I add a story from last week: Pelech Tel Aviv High School, very feminist and liberal, set up a trip with accommodation in the Gush Etzion area. Two parents were puzzled about the inclusion of dubious sites on the route, the Biar water aqueduct, and the Boaz Field Farm. It turned out that the two families had inquired from Hagit Ofran from Peace Now, who  confirmed the illegal status of these two sites. The complaint to the school administration removed both sites from the route. Five students decided not to participate at all in a trip which had been scheduled without prior consulation with them and which included the settlements.

Notices along the way: from the northern entrance to Kiryat Arba (not to the left-wing government, for the return of Oron and Hadar's bodies), and from Route 60 before Shuyukh (Naming the new road that improves the route  of the Levinger couple who first settled in Hebron on Passover 1970, meaning those who were responsible for the establishment of Kiryat Arba in response to what had happened there in previous years and also for the renewal of the Jewish settlement in Hebron later, and close to this  - the  marketing new homes in the settlement of Maon.