Mospah follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He has been making and selling jewelry in the same shop in the Old City souq for fifty years.

Why does he do what he does, where he does? Because it’s a family tradition, part of his heritage. He has a strong sense of rootedness, from both his father, whom he reveres, and his grandfather. Mospah has ten children, seven daughters and three sons, and thirty-seven grandchildren. The entire family continues to live in Hebron.

This Incident Report contains data collected over the last quarter, January through to March 20171. The report is broken down into five main sections: Children Under Occupation, Adults Under Occupation, Checkpoint Activity, Settlers in Al-Khalil/Hebron and Human Rights Observers.

On Thursday 30th March four Palestinians were arrested at a nonviolent action in Wadi el-Hussein, near Kiryat Arba, when planting trees for the annual Land Day commemoration, 30th March. The action was attended by people from many different organisations, such as the Hebron Defense Committee, Human Rights Defenders, all political parties and Defense for Children International. All these organizations and political parties are part of the campaign “Dismantle the Ghetto: Take the Settlers Out Of Hebron”. This land day action was part of this campaign.

‘What’s your name?’ ‘How old are you?’ ‘Are you married?’ – the last a surprising question from the lips of a small Palestinian child trying out her English on the streets of Hebron. Adults are more cautious: ‘Where (are) you from?’ is a common ice-breaker…

UPDATE At 2 am, in the middle of the night, the parents of this 14-year-old boy received a phone call. They were able to go and collect their son after the Israeli soldiers detained him for 5 and a half hours. He was not charged. He was not taken to the police station. He had been detained…

On the 14th January 2017 Israeli paratroopers detained Ghassan a 20 year old Palestinian man from Hebron. Six paratrooper soldiers were in a Palestinian neighborhood, in the Old City, where they were checking the ID’s of people going by. Ghassan was in a car with his cousin when they were stopped…

“We live in a prison. We can’t move freely. There are checkpoints everywhere, and you never know if you will be allowed to pass, or if you will be stopped, IDed and searched. This can happen even on the street or on the sidewalk. How can we expect customers to come to our shops?” Jamal…

On December 21st the director of UNICEF, Mr. Geert Cappelaere, and six other local staff visited Al Khalil. The purpose of their visit was to visit Qurtuba School on Shuhada St., which runs past Beit Hadassah where some of Hebron’s most violent Israeli ‘settlers’ live.

On Friday 30 December, after praying at the al-Ibrahimi Mosque, six teenage boys went to spend time at the Friendship Garden Cafe in the Hebron’s Old Market. Israeli soldiers stopped two 15-year-old boys, checked their IDs and searched one boy’s bag. A soldier pushed one of the boys up against the wall. When the other…

December 21 was a special day for me. I passed through Checkpoint 56 in H2 area of Hebron, without the soldiers stopping me, searching my bag and checking my ID. It is one of the checkpoints that leads to Shuhada street, which used to be the main artery of Hebron.

© 2015 With love from Hebron.
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