Dura-Al Fawwar Junction, Hakvasim (sheep) Junction, Hebron, South Hebron Hills

Observers: 
Michal Tsadik, Ariela Slonim; Translator: Natanya
29/08/2017
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Morning

Road 60 At 8.30 we still saw soldiers at the checkpoints at the entrance of Karama and Dahariya.

A little way before the checkpoint of Dura-el Fawwar there were two soldiers in the field with the army flag.

At the checkpoint itself soldiers are putting out cement blocks on a traffic circle.

We went to see the sheep market at the sheep crossing at the  entrance to Hebron though the quarries of the city. The market is  very busy as it is just before Eid Al-Adha. The amount of goats and sheep sold there today is particularly large.At the same time, clothes, shoes and tools are being sold, and  the foodstalls are already smoking.

Hebron

We are told that on the day before, the first day of school, there were confrontations between the children of the Cordoba school who go up and down the stairs. This was opposite Beit Hadassah settlement and the soldiers did not allow them to go home. Only after half an hour of arguments were they allowed through.

After the holiday we  will visit them in the afternoon when the studies are over so as to learn what exactly happened  there.

The new, sophisticated checkpoint between the House of Contention and the Capisha neighborhood is now working. The soldier opened the gate for us after receiving permission and when we returned he searched the vehicle.

The occupation closes in and chokes this city more  and more.

We drove to Umm al Kheir.

Paula, our friend, read that again the demolition of the tin shacks which were left to them has begun . This is so as to widen the area of the settlement of Carmel which is growing apace.

Then we went on to see and hear what is happening  with Id Hadalin and his family. The situation there is very difficult. Every night stones are thrown at them from the direction of the settlement. A member of a humanitarian organization is sitting and writing a report.

The bulldozers are visible in the new neighborhood of Carmel settlement. With the maps of Bimkom that Id’s father Suleiman brings us, they are already approaching the Palestinian village. The man no longer knows how to contain the suffering  and pain. He shows us his hand and signs of violence against him caused by an officer from the Civil Administration when he refused to allow him to cross. He asks us to take a picture of him screaming to the heavens, "Allahu Akbar,May Ra’ed Salah be freed.”

The people live there between piles of demoloition  and each time in every possible corner they plant olive trees, vines and pomegranate. They  receive donations from Europe to build some facilities for the children and for lighting and water.

Electric wires and water pipes to Carmel settlement only pass through the village but not for the Palestinians. The tabun that disturbed the Carmel settlers was moved to another corner. The car of fresh bread that comes every morning to the Carmel settlement and travels on the path that separates them is also not for them.

Suleiman's carefully preserved maps illustrate the process of stealing their land from the 1980s until today. How the agricultural area is beginning slowly disseminated  and encircling  them on all sides are the beautiful  new neighborhoods of Carmel settlrment.

You have to be there all the time and keep track of what's going on.

Another place where evil reigns.

Suleiman's hands showing on the map the expected demolitions
Photographer: 
Ariela Slonim
Demolition order
Photographer: 
Ariela Slonim