Hebron is the only Palestinian city in the West Bank with an Israeli settlement encroaching from within. Israeli-installed barbed wire, fencing, gates, and concrete serve to segregate Palestinians and Israelis, further encouraging and legitimizing illegal settlements. [Click on photographs to enlarge]
A fenced-roof protects pedestrians from the garbage and bricks thrown down from Israelis above. This section of the souq was ordered closed by Israel, and prohibits Palestinian pedestrian traffic except to local residents as a project to “Judaize” the area.
Throughout the day, soldiers wander the city seeking to legitimize their armed existence through harassment of Palestinian residents. Here, a driver is stopped by Israeli soldiers who request identification; twenty yards later they’ll find a home to raid.
A sign at the Jewish entrance at the Tomb of the Patriarchs near another checkpoint. The IDF would like you to know that the Tzomet Institute and Chief Rabbinate of Kiryat Arba of Hebron said it was okay.
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