Tarkumiya - a full parking lot

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Raya Y. (reporting), Muhammad. Editor: Mira Balaban;  Translator: Natanya

Wednesday, the day before the beginning of the month of Ramadan. We passed through the crowded Tarkumiya crossing.

We met Mahmud from Idna. He complains about the tight schedule in the morning at the checkpoint. There are a lot of passers-by on the way to their work in Kiryat Gat, Ashdod Ashkelon, etc., and the crossing takes about an hour. We saw that the parking lot in Tarkumiya is full.

Any Palestinian who wants to get permit to enter Israel arranges it through an app, on the phone or on a computer. Mahmud entered all his details into the application and received an invitation to arrive at the checkpoint at a certain time and quickly cross over to the Israeli side.

There is an improvement, but still the transition in the morning is complex.

Shuyukh- Hebron intersection: a military jeep on the sides of the road - not stopping vehicles, only as an observation post.


We went to Hill 22 which is located on the north side of Kiryat Arba, and the entrance to it is from the direction of Beit Anon. On this hill, the HaMevaser neighbourhood is planned, which will be another neighbourhood of Kiryat Arba on the north side, and there is a gate that will be connected to the Harsina neighbourhood. It seems that the land was acquired in some way. In the meantime, there are only a few caravan[N1] s and a water tower here. There are no settlers living here. We met Musa, a resident of the surrounding Hebron neighbourhoods. Musa reports that there is no change, only many settlers come to visit the hill, observe make their presence felt.

Bassem our acquaintance, who lives on Zion axis in front of Beit Meriva, reports that the checkpoint at the entrance to the Kafisha neighbourhood has been closed. Therefore, even though he has a permit to travel on the Zion axis, he cannot drive his car to his home. He had to park the car next to the mosque next to Beit Meriva (Quarrel House), on the other side of the road, up the hill. Another part of the harassment of the Palestinian residents lives in the heart of Jewish Hebron.

Reminder: The Quarrel House, which the settlers call the Peace House, was purchased by the Jewish residents of Hebron, and was at the centre of a legal battle that was decided in favour of the Jewish buyers. Immediately after the purchase and the entry of the Jewish buyers, and without any connection with the approval of the settlement, a new barrier was erected next to the house of conflict, and the movement of Palestinian vehicles around it was prohibited - this is the octopus’s method of the Jewish takeover of Hebron.

Mohammad, Abed's son, from the shop opposite the Cave of the Patriarchs, maintains the business, after his father's death. It is reported that there are very few visitors.