Hebron, South Hebron Hills, Tarqumiya
An article about the activity of MachsomWatch
We met the reporters at Tarkumiya and we entered there. Many trucks with their goods. The entrance to the occupied areas is not problematic and there are no delays.
Road 35 and Route 60 to Hebron are empty of military vehicles (we were surprised at how quiet is was).
In Hebron itself, there were many Palestinian children on the road and there were riots in the Jebel Johar neighborhood near checkpoint number 160. We heard the shots of the soldiers dispersing the demonstration. Basam and Araf hosted us.
The photos below are of the Kapisha neighborhood. Palestinians are still not allowed in with their cars and therefore go on foot.
The Pharmacy checkpoint.
Soldiers are busy cleaning up the checkpoint and therefore the Palestinians who wanted to pass had to wait more than 20 minutes. "There is another checkpoint 100 metres on and there they can pass", was the soldiers' reply.
In the pictures below:
The House of the Patriarchs is decorated with paper cuttings for Chanukkah.
A view of Hebron from the home of Aref
We saw and did not photograph Palestinians being checked up the stairs to the Cordoba school, checking one by one as to whether they were on an authorized list. Because it seemed to be going quickly, we did not stop.
The checkpoints next to the Jewish cemetery and next to what will be the archeological garden allow the children through the turnstiles fast ... We had to wait. Near the Avraham Avinu neighborhood work is being done on the infrastructure. It looks as if new sewage pipes are being put in. Near the worshipers' route soldiers are waiting for the end of the Palestinian school day.
And on our way back new signs to the three observation point in Givat Gal.
All in all the shift showed clearly what we do and how the occupations acts so brutally also in Hebron.
We did not see the light at the end of the tunnel.