Dura-Al Fawwar Junction, South Hebron Hills
Quiet, quiet, all is quiet. Not the quiet of tension but of routine. An evil routine, a despairing routine but routine. No obstructions, no soldiers.
Three people walking towards the Beit Hagai crossroads. They are working on the road without the surveillance of the soldiers.
We did not enter Hebron. We did not have the strength of will.
At the Dura-El Fawwar junction we met people who wanted “Sylvia’s” number. They also diagnose the silence as routine.
The Palestinian police are working together with the Israeli police to remove the cars which in Israel were removed from the roads but are are still traveling in Palestine, confiscating cars and imposing fines. High fines. More than 3000 NIS. People are afraid that if they do not pay the fines, they will be prevented from entering Israel. The vehicles which are caught are crushed by Palestinian bulldozers.
In the photos:
The locked gate to Bani Na'im at the southeast entrance. Impossible to enter Nebi Yachin right now.
The big pillbox that has been taken down and there is now a small watchtower facing the settlement of Pene Hever.
We visited Khirbat Tuwani to find out what is happening with the kindergarten. We were pleased to learn that the Palestinian Ministry of Education had taken it under its wing. The Palestinian Ministry of Education does not easily approve of cooperation with the Israelis.
We met with our old friend J., who is a cousin of Mohammad who is the new head of the council.