Dura-Al Fawwar Junction, Hebron, South Hebron Hills

Observers: 
Ariela Slonim (reporting and photographing); Translator: Natanya
30/01/2018
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Morning

The parking lot at the Meitar checkpoint is full. The trucks on the Israeli side are full and it looks like a train station. Between Shama and Estamoah there ae many army and police vehicles.

At the entrance to Samu'a, a Border Police jeep stops the cars entering the village.

Abda - The gate next to the pillbox is open.

At the Dura-alFawwar junction the roads are open. Again the vegetable stalls have been destroyed.

In the Jabar neighborhood of Hebron, a grandfather and his grandson, who appears to be less than three years old, with very short legs, push a cart loaded with goods up the steep slope. Traveling on this street is permitted only for Israeli cars.

At Abed's home in Hebron, we met an angry and desperate local young man who was ordered to take off his shoes at the Cave of the Patriarchs. The many checkpoints that the Palestinian residents of Hebron are forced to cross daily in their daily  routine  are not enough but now also the removal of the shoes.It seems that this directive has increased the incitement and caused great anger. And again, despair is growing. For those who have to go through this in addition to the rest of the restrictions, it seems one step too much and is perceived as humiliation. Is this a local initiative of a young new commander or an order from above?

On our way back we see many soldiers at the entrance of Dahariya.

Between Shamah and Eshtamoa dozens of buses are bringing hundreds of youths and heavy army and police force guarding them. Of course, Israeli flags are waving proudly.

After the passage at the checkpoint
After the passage at the checkpoint
Photographer: 
Ariela Slonim
On our way back we see many soldiers at the entrance of Dahariya
On our way back we see many soldiers at the entrance of Dahariya
Photographer: 
Ariela Slonim
Between Shamah and Eshtamoa dozens of buses are bringing hundreds of youths
Between Shamah and Eshtamoa dozens of buses are bringing hundreds of youths
Photographer: 
Ariela Slonim