Hebron - Did the people get used to the occupation?
The Separation Fence really continues next to Meitar Checkpoint (less than 500 meters) and is full of breaches. Why need a checkpoint at all? At the breach close to Meitar Checkpoint, we read Gate 11 (because one crosses it with 2 legs).
All along Highway 60, which was cold and foggy, there are army guard posts.
We went to visit Musa’s grocery at al Paver. Musa tells us that soldiers enter the refugee camp consistently, three times a week. Sometimes they get out of their vehicle and sometimes not. The point is to make their presence and their control visible.
There is a new guard station for army soldiers in Hebron. The first is next to the pharmacy and the second is next to the bus stations under Beit HaMeriva.
Hebron is filled with children on their winter vacation. They walk with plastic utensils to get their weekly portion of soup.
At the grocery in Tel Rumeida, we meet with a group of leaders of the neighborhood, who walked to the meeting in one of the houses. They thanked us for our visit.
After this, we traveled to Dura to meet with Musa, who works for “B’Tselem,” and who, after a heart attack, is recuperating at home. Musa told us of the deep despair of those non-violent opponents of the Occupation. People have already adapted.
Other than that, we were in Queqis and saw a destructed house and an empty protest tent. People come only in the afternoons. The shift there on Thursday will be to identify with the protest.
Something in the news that the Palestinians see and realize is that there is a different kind of Israeliness that gives us the strength to continue.