Hebron, South Hebron Hills

Observers: 
Hagit Back and Leah Shakdiel; Translator: Natanya
03/07/2017
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Morning

The day was very hot and there were hardly any cars on the road.  All the rolling checkpoints which we had seen in Ramadan have disappeared as if they never were.

Here and there along road 60 we saw the shelters of the soldiers.

In the picture below is the new pillbox at Abda and the barricades behind it.

A yellow gate has been added which does  not  give, God forbid, the possibility of going through if “big brother” is not guarding there.

The new pillbox in Abda
Photographer: 
Hagit Back
The barricade behind it.
Photographer: 
Hagit Back

In the next picture we see how the building of the new checkpoint which is under the neighborhood of Givat Ha’avot and at the entrance of the Kapisha neighborhood is progressing.

This is the checkpoint which will be built also as a passage for cars. Very probably only for army vehicles because of the base of the headquarters of the Border guard in Hebron.

The building of the new checkpoint which is under the neighborhood of Givat Ha’avot and at the entrance of the Kapisha neighborhood
Photographer: 
Hagit Back

In the picture: The checkpoint which is being built next to the area of Habad in the neighborhood of Tel Rumeida.

In the next picture is the checkpoint which is being built at the other side of the cemetery. The assumption is that these two checkpoints will be part of the planning of the archaeological garden which the Jewish Settlement is planning . And these will also be checkpoints for cars and tractors which will be used to make a road. There will also be a path for pedestrians from the spring to Tel Rumeida  to the top.

The checkpoint which is being built next to the area of Habad in the neighborhood of Tel Rumeida
Photographer: 
Hagit Back
The checkpoint which is being built at the other side of the cemetery
Photographer: 
Hagit Back


Nabi Yaqin

On the hill stands out, 946 metre above the sea and near the settlement of Ma’aleh Hever, Maqam Nebi Yaqin. According to the Moslem tradition this is the place where Abraham and Lot looked at the destruction of Sodom. The Moslems identify in  the rocky area at the place the footsteps of Abraham and Lot. From there we have  a wide view to the south and to the south of the Hebron hills and to the settlements and east to the of the Judean Desert. Near Nabi Yakin is Khirbet Bani Dar which is identified with Ha-kin - a city mentioned in the list of the cities of Judea in the Book of Joshua Chapter 15.

In the pictures are the traces of Abraham's shoes according to Islamic tradition and the building next to it. There is also another building and a burial  cave.

There were no people and we returned home. The heat affects everyone.

The traces of Abraham's shoes according to Islamic tradition
Photographer: 
Hagit Back
Nabi Yaqin
Photographer: 
Hagit Back

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