South Hebron Hills, Tarqumiya, Mon 7.7.08, Morning
Translating - Aviva W.
The CP looks calm; there are a lot of trucks waiting (for the license department?). They checked our ID cards.
Before the western entrance to Hebron – in the field – a few armed soldiers set out on a patrol.
The Humanitarian CP - The gate to the entrance to Hebron is closed. No one is around, and we can’t tell if there are any soldiers in the pillbox.
Shuyuch Sa’ir – As usual there are boulders and no soldiers.
They have placed big boulders by the Girls School; a few people pass by foot. The family from the corner house invited us in and made us feel welcome. We even had a conversation despite the fact that they only speak Arabic, including the children and teens.
Bany Na’im – The entrance is open.
The Sheep Crossing – Open, and not a soul in sight.
Entrance opposite B’nei Na’im – Closed.
We didn’t enter Hebron.
The Entrance to Kiryat Arba – There are three signs, one in Hebrew, one in English, and between the two, a torn Arabic sign flapping in the wind…
Near the glass factory in the eastern outskirts of Hebron , two people from the TIPH are observing and photographing what is going on here: the army is conducting security checks in the middle of the road and there is a giant traffic jam with taxis, cars, people, honking, and stress. The soldiers explain that for the last three days there has been an alert regarding three terrorists who are planning to leave Hebron to commit an attack. A reservist tells us that it is hard to keep things in check, and that the orders given by the army are very confusing so the soldiers decide on their own and on the ground what to do…their commanding officers don’t even show up on the scene.
After a half an hour of complete chaos, it is over and the road is opened. The army is gone and the cars have gone on their way.