Sukkot in Hebron: that's how it is seen from there

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Michal Tsadik (reporting and photographing); Translator: Natanya

Today is the holiday of Sukkot, which is known as one of three festivals, and one of three dates that masses of Jews arrive in Hebron for reasons to be clarified below.

All the way on Road 60, soldiers' blockades when the Israeli flag flies near every cement block or other blockage.

At the entrance to Dahariya, flags are attached to the concrete blocks on the dirt path to Abda. Soldiers and a flag, opposite the entrance to Deir Razih, under the IDF base, which overlooks the ramp to Negohot.  Soldiers and a flag, and also near the spring on the other side of the road, at the crossroads of Dura-El Fawwar.

Above the road leading to Beit Hagai are soldiers with weapons drawn and flapping flags. Also at Kalkas on both sides of the road and at the Sheep Junction as above.

We reached Kiryat Arba and were not allowed to enter Hebron by car. They suggested that we join the organized transportation to the masses of the Children of Israel. We decided to give up the pleasure.

I called Mufid to tell him what was happening

Mufid says that three times a year on Sukkot, Pesach and Tisha B'Av Jews are taken to the grave of Otniel Ben Kenaz, which is right after the checkpoint Tarpat - the police block in H1. For this purpose, all those wishing to enter are allowed under heavy security and transportation only.

For the Palestinians there is, of course, curfew from 10 am to 6 pm and their shops are closed.

According to him, there are two more holy places for Jews around Hebron and its environs but could not tell me exactly where, what or who. The second place is called by them Bir al-Haram a-Romi, located in the entrance to Hebron from Halhul. And the third - he could did not remember the  names. 

Mufid is concerned about his family is coming from Jordan and he does not know when he will be able to meet them. He lives in H2 near Beit Hadassah near the stairs leading up to the Cordoba courthouse

While we were still talking our Hebron friend sent me pictures and videos that had been taken the previous evening on the roof of a house overlooking the Worshipers' Route. The routine of the straw widow on this housetop is always in compliance with the needs of the IDF, because of its location and it is needed, so the army says, to secure the safety of the worshippers.(Natanya: Straw Widow: Soldiers occupy the roofs of houses or rooms and the inhabitatants are pushed into one room and only allowed out with permission of the soldiers.)

S. C. The woman called him and showed him the urine bottles that our soldiers had left on the roof. According to her, the water had a strange taste and  when she went up to check the containers there was a trash can of the soldiers' food and urine. In addition, the urine that poured on the roof also merged with the water they stored and lowered for use at home. The family are trying to empty the containers but have no water to wash them properly and they are very disgusted and will probably now have to replace the containers which cost a lot of money

I called Carmela Menashe (the journalist responsible for IDF of Kan - the public broadcasting network) and passed on all the material to her as well. I did not hear her reporting about it  but maybe  she did  so.

According to Hagit Back, Hagit Ofran also knows about this and so does Yesh Din.

A happy holiday to all.