Hebron

After our second night at Tabgha we woke up early to have breakfast and pack our stuff. We really enjoyed our time there together and saying goodbye was really hard. Three and a half hours later we arrived in Hebron, where our first stop was a traditional glass factory. Back in the bus we started our citytour, which was interrupted by a short lunch-break. By foot we continued our tour and went to a rooftop, where we had a first glance at shuhada street, a part of the city palestinians are not allowed to enter. We also visited Machpela, the mosque in Hebron and learned a lot about the situation in the city. Hebron is divided in two parts, H1, the palestinian part and H2, the Israeli part. Closed off walls, checkpoints (there are 22 of them) and soldiers are part of the daily life of the inhabitants of Hebron. On top of that they have to deal with the settlers who are basically allowed to do everything without consequences. The presence of the military is very aggrieving. There are around 2000 soldiers for 500 to 800 settlers. Later some of us wanted to take a closer look at the shuhada street while others visited the synagoge. The street once was the heart of the city and now it feels like a ghost street. Before going back to Talitha we made a final stop at the last factory that produces keffiyeh, the traditional palestinian scarf, in Palestine.

Paula, Natalie and Simon