Hebron - Hazon David Synagogue on private land might prevent the Palestinians from working their land

Observers: 
Hagit Back (reporting and photographing); Natanya Ginsburg (translating)
08/10/2018
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Morning

I have not been on a shift for a month and nothing has changed (certainly not for the better).

Not much traffic on Route 60 and army checkpoints are only in Dahariya and nearby. All other entrances and exits are without soldiers. Little traffic. All the parking lots at the Meitar checkpoint are full to bursting.

Maintenance work is being done on road 60 in a section connecting to Route 356.

The outpost of Eshtamo'a is expanding.

In Hebron, people rarely walk around the streets. The Hazon David Synagogue on the private land of the Ja'abari family is gaining ground. The Palestinian family will soon not be able to work little plot . Slowly but surely they are losing more and more.

We're going to the Kafisha  neighborhood. The gate is closed and a few women pass by behind us, and also Ofer Ohana, who begins with his usual stories ... To our surprise, the soldier asks him for an identity card as he has asked me. And he does not ask our driver for his. In the end we all pass. But only Israeli cars can pass through.

Soldiers of the 13th Battalion of the Golani Brigade are now in Hebron.

At the checkpoint at the end of Zion Road the Palestinian cars are parked on the other side. The merchandise passes through on  carts.
The House of Contention is decorated with flags for the  holidays. Also in the corner the soldiers have decorated with new flags.

We were hosted by B.'s house. He says that at weekends soldiers put up permanent guard posts on the worshipers' route. He actually thinks that the soldiers' positions protect them from the worshipers.

In the picture below, all the racist graffiti is covered in green.

The guard post on Rachel and Leah's house on Shuhada Street  has been  enlarged  and expanded.

The steps that bypass the Cordoba school and Tel Rumeida. Only residents of the Palestinian neighborhood of Tel Rumeida are allowed to go up and down. Every other Palestinian needs special permits. Here Golani soldiers delayed us for about half an hour on the grounds that we were forbidden to be there. It is permitted only to those whose identity cards say that they are residents of the Jewish Quarter ……..and tourists. Although this procedure was a lie we waited patiently. It is appropriate that from time to time we feel what the Palestinians feel all the time.

In the photo, the soldiers check our identity cards.

We left Hebron for Route 35 and this is the sign that is now placed at the entrance to Idna.

We went  out through the Negohot checkpoint to find out what is happening with  the olive harvest inside the settlements and outside the fence. At the moment  there are no complaints .

But it is all very sad.

Woman crossing the gate to Kafisha neighbourhood
Woman crossing the gate to Kafisha neighbourhood
Photographer: 
Hagit Back
Racist graffiti signs covered with green paint
Racist graffiti signs covered with green paint
Photographer: 
Hagit Back
The sign at the entance to Idna
The sign at the entance to Idna
Photographer: 
Hagit Back
Soldiers checking our IDs
Soldiers checking our IDs
Photographer: 
Hagit Back