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

Rivka'le (guest), Hagit (reporting and photographing); Translator:  Charles K.



Meitar checkpoint – Six buses with relatives of prisoners, all the laborers have crossed, someone who wants help for his son tells us his story.  He’s stuck between the Palestinian Authority’s hammer and the Shabak’s anvil.  The Palestinian police arrested him on suspicion of collaboration and he told the Shabak he’s a member of Hamas.  So he has no chance of making a living. 

Other than to listen, there’s nothing we can do.

After the attempted stabbings over the weekend, the running over and killing of Palestinian attackers, we thought all the barriers would be in place again.  But no.  We didn’t go on our shift last week because of the holiday (Eid el Adha); the checkpoints and barriers are the same as they had been.  Apparently the IDF realized that closures don’t work.

A barrier and military checkpoints this morning at Dura al Fawwar junction.  On our way back traffic flowed normally.

Hebron is deserted.  And now everyone going through every checkpoint is inspected – no longer randomly.

Up at Tel Rumeida, where there was an attempted attack over the weekend, a Palestinian wearing a jacket must remove it at a distance from the soldiers, lift his shirt and turn around.

At the Pharmacy checkpoint everyone’s ID is taken.  People wait in the cage to be allowed through.

Cf. the video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIMpHyEgPBw

At the Worshippers Route checkpoint near the Cave of the Patriarchs a Palestinian woman being inspected must remove everything from her handbag.

Cf. the video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDQu-QfbuP8

Most shops are closed.  Most of the time merchandise is transferred “back-to-back” between vehicles.

Mizpeh Avihai has been demolished.

Hebron and its evils.