Hebron - no tourists, no visitors

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Amira K., Raya Y. (reporting), Muhammad. Editing: Mira Balaban; Translator: Natanya
חברון - צלם הסרט על נער האופניים ליד חנותו של עבד ז"ל

We passed through the Tarkumiya crossing and stopped at the grocery store at the Idna-Tarkumiya intersection to demand the safety of Muhammad and his family. Everything was reported to us as usual, but everyone is worried about Ben Gvir and Smotrich.


We met Muhammad, the son of Abed, the owner of the souvenir shop in front of the Cave of the Patriarchs, who passed away not long ago. Muhammad says that the tourism situation is now dire, there are no tourists, no visitors, and only the Jews come to pray in the Cave of the Patriarchs. There are no buyers in the store, so it is difficult for them financially. In addition, they are afraid and worried about the new government. They have a direct acquaintance with Ben Gvir, a resident of the Givat HaAvot: he is one of the violent people who previously rioted in their shop selling souvenirs.

Muhammad points to a Palestinian boy, and explains that he was wounded in the leg by a bullet fired by IDF soldiers, and is now practicing riding a bicycle. The boy will star in a film that tells his story. We saw the film's cameraman, standing with his camerainfo-icon near Abed's shop, in front of the Cave of the Patriarchs.

We went to Tel Rumeida in order to visit the Shamsiyah family (the head of the family was the photographer of the killing by Elor Azaria of the wounded Palestinian terrorist). But the house was closed, and in the phone call we were asked us to come visit.

Later we went to the glass and ceramic factory. Although all the workers are busy with their work, they are worried about the new government elected in Israel and the change in the situation for the worse, both for the Israelis and for themselves.