Hebron: A Palestinian leaves his home and does not know how many barriers await him
The Principle of Uncertainty
When people leave their homes they are never aware of how many checkpoint or roadblocks they will encounter. This is the way things were at Dura al Fawar Checkpoint for three consecutive days this week. On our way to Hebron we stopped and I took pictures. On our way back I remarked to my driver M. that perhaps there would be a Hanukah miracle and the checkpoint would be open.
Indeed a miracle did happen. The gate was open and there were no soldiers. I wonder if the miracle will last for eight days as well. We will follow up.
At the iron gate in the Kafisha neighborhood the principle of uncertainty and everything is strict and permanent 24/7. This location marks the boundary between areas H1 and H2 in Hebron. This is also where the apartheid road on which Palestinian vehicles are not allowed to travel without a special permit. In Hebrew this road is known as the Zion Route.
There was a sign hanging next to the stairs leading to the Palestinian Kordova School with a Chanukah greeting meant for the Jewish settlers in Hebron. Palestinians are not allowed to walk on Shuhada Street from this point onward. The stairs are only for Palestinians. Have we already mentioned apartheid?
A guard station has been built next to the Rachel and Leah house that was purchased by the settlers and soldiers check passers-by at random.
Palestinian laborers are working at renovating roads and sidewalks. It is cold in Hebron and there are few people outside. This city is a depressing place.