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

Observers: 
Ariela Slonim, Michal Tsadik (reporting); Translator: Natanya
12/12/2017
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Morning

What was very obvious today was the presence of the army all along the road.

At the entrance to Samoa soldiers were checking cars.  Soldiers came out of the entrance to Abda which is under the new pillbox .

In front of Deir Razih, on the way to the base that also monitors the Negohot road, soldiers stood.

In front of the spring near Al Fawwar, on the other side of the road, a jeep and soldiers. At the Sheep Junction at the southern entrance to Hebron a vehicle and IDF soldiers

At the entrance eto Bani Naim soldiers are stopping and checking cars.

Also at Hebron soldiers stand at the entrance  and at to the last part of the Route of the Worshippers/

At the Cave of the Patriarchs it is business as usual with Israelis and tourists.

We again saw the ecumenical volunteers whom we had not seen for a long time.

Mike, the British,  is excited to see us and expresses his appreciation for our existence and our actions.

We went with him to the Cordoba school and he said that he left his business because he had had enough and now he is active in the elephant rehabilitation project in Kenya and in this organization here in Israel, even though he is not religious.

We ask what brings him to such difficult areas, when he can live in peace and tranquility in his own country.

He explains that he cares very much about what is happening in his world and believes in humanism.

He will celebrate the holiday with his family who will be arriving in Jerusalem

He asked to meet with us next week so that we can explain properly about ourselves.

In certain schools they finish early because of exams and the staff is very busy. The employee that used to be in El Ibrahimiya school was happy to meet and remembers that we met there. The kindergarten is closed today.

The soldiers guarding the stairs to Cordoba agree to talk and say that yesterday there were stone throwing incidents on the other side of the Policeman checkpoint.

Another soldier who immigrated from the United States, polite and attentive, shows me the map of Hebron, as it is presented to those who are interested in the lawn opposite Beit Hadassah, and does not understand why such a small Jewish settlement in the heart of the city should bother the natives of Hebron. He is convinced that we have the right to be there and that the army should be guarding the settlers.