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

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Yehudit K. and Muhammad B. Translator: Natanya

Because of the traffic jams at the entrance to Be'er Sheva from the north, we only left at 10:00 in the morning. It was the day after the attack in Be'er Sheva and there was a lot of tension in the area. Although the crossing at the Meitar checkpoint passed without any problems - at a time when the workers have already entered Israel or retraced their steps ... We also did not see many illegal workers near the broken fence. Muhammad says that usually many people enter who, at all costs, want to make a living especially now when prices are rising.

Whether because of the tension in the area, or for whatever reason , we saw checkpoints even in places where they do not always exist, at least not at such a late hour. Near Samo’, al-Fawwar and the Sheep Junction there were army checkpoints (not the usual border guard). There is an article in the Haaretz newspaper today that soldiers at checkpoints are required to register at least 50 Palestinians in each shift in order to allow them to be monitored, including the elderl 0? Too bad we did not know; we would have asked them. https://www.haaretz.co.il/news/politics/.premium-1.10690843

From Highway 60, we entered Khursa - the location of the most unnecessary checkpoint in the Middle East. We tried a week ago to get there on Daphna's shift but our friends were not there. This time too they were not, and some of the boys in the place engaged in the renovations were quite hostile. There were no soldiers in the area, perhaps because of the cold. The place is more neglected and desolate than before. We continued to the Bani Naim junction - except for the checkpoints at al Fawwar and the Sheep Junction the road was pretty deserted. We noticed that in fact some renovation is being done near the guard tower.

We did not enter Hebron and made a turn on Route 317 - there was almost no traffic. We entered Susiya - Azzam was not there but his wife greeted us - there is nothing new: the same settler we reported on in the past continues to harass, also harming  their equipment. She says that the most difficult is the feeling of uncertainty - the constant fear of harm, demolition, invasion. It was very cold and a strong wind. Even the birds and dogs seemed to us to be suffering!