Dura-Al Fawwar Junction, Hakvasim (sheep) Junction, Sansana (Meitar Crossing), South Hebron Hills, Zif Junction

Observers: 
Nili, Hagit (report and photos);Translator: Tal H.
06/07/2016
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Morning

Around Hebron
 

We went on this shift heavy-hearted: nothing, not even the Occupation, justifies the heinous murder of a young girl asleep in her room.

Collective punishment as it is carried out now is morally and practically unacceptable.
It will only heighten hatred.

We decided not to enter Hebron itself but rather see what goes on around it.

At Meitar Checkpoint – less vehicles in the car park. We didn’t know whether to attribute this to the final days of Ramadan or to the revoking of massive numbers of Palestinians’ permits to enter Israel. It’s worth following-up.

The encirclementinfo-icon in the West Bank works in two ways:

  • Unmanned barriers and gatesinfo-icon
  • Manned checkpoints

The barrier protagonist is… the bulldozer.

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And this is what it does:

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This is what we saw around all the Palestinian localities on roads 317, 358, 60 and 35 – Bani Na’im, Deir Razek, Karame, Khirbet Tuwane, Abde, Dirat and others.

Wherever there are gates – they are closed.

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People cross on foot from one side of the junction to the other, and board taxis that stand waiting at the other side.

This was how things worked in Dura Al Fawwar, Beit ‘Anun, Zif Junction, Bani Na’im and Beit Kahil.

At Dahariya, the Olive Crossing, the Sheep Junction, Samo’a and Beit Hagai soldiers stand at the exits and allow vehicles through only after inspection. This results in long waiting lines.

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The spring pool near Dura-Al Fawwar is deserted.

Below Deir Razek remains are still visible of the car that crashed upside down after being shot at.

Soldiers are positioned on the hills above road 60, standing guard over it.

The general feeling is somber, offended and fearful.

No Happy Holiday here, and no end in sight.