February 23rd 2020
Two very disturbing images in Hebron today. The most disturbing by far is the apartheid checkpoint at checkpoint 160, or Salaymeh; the second, less disturbing but pretty strange was this goat. After the school run we had a call to say that soldiers had invaded a house in the Old City in order to gain access to the roof. Unfortunately, we went backwards and forwards and in circles in the midst of a communications failure between us and ISM, and their activist J. who by now as having coffee with the family who apparently were unperturbed by the soldiers on their roof.
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IOF storm the souq in al-Khalil again this afternoon, illegally entering and occupying four Palestinian-owned family homes with the residents, including young children, inside. They stood on the roofs overseeing the entire neighbourhood whilst snipers were stationed all around the Ibrahimi mosque and Palestinian civilians were body searched and held in queues for long periods of time at the mosque checkpoint, seemingly in advance of Netanyahu’s apparent visit to the mosque and illegal settlements today. Soldier genuinely rubbing his hands together with glee in second pic and also it’s a beautiful day today there’s absolutely no reason for any of these idiots to be wearing face coverings apart from trying to look scary which is pretty pathetic seeing as most people are numbed to the actual fucking terrifying stuff they do daily I don’t think anyone is scared of your little mask
To cut a long story short we didn’t find the soldiers but we did find a small herd of these feisty goats in a small alleyway in the souk being somewhat nonchalantly sheperded, if that’s the right word, by an older guy sat on a chair. Around us children played asking Paul to take their photos and chanting football anthems at us.
Later we discover that the Israeli PM Netanyahu is visiting the nearby settlement of Kiryat Arba today – and apparently has promised the settlers sovereignty over the (whole of) the Tomb of the Patriarchs, which is also the Al Ibrahim mosque and a very holy site for Islam globally. One might imagine that Netanyahu is wanting to incite a holy conflagration, which would act as a justification for intensifying the oppression.
PS today 25th Feb the media confirm Netanyahu’s pledge to give sovereignty over the Al Ibrahimi mosque to the Zionists.
See article: here