AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A Week in Photos, 23-29 November 2015


3 December 2015
AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A Week in Photos, 23-29 November 2015





As some children throw stones and Israeli forces shoot teargas, children not involved in the clashes may fear being hit by one or the other. CPTers walk with those children so that they feel safer and can make it to school (hopefully) without incident. 


Construction Constrictions

Living under occupation means restriction of movement. Palestinians are completely denied access to some areas. In other areas, such as the one depicted in this photo, Palestinians may walk, but not drive. This means that if they need to move construction materials or any other heavy items, they must transfer the items to a donkey cart. What is not obvious in the photo is the steep hill around the corner that the donkey must climb with the awkward burden.

New Hurdles 

The Israeli military installed new roadbolocks in the Abu Sneineh area of Hebron, meaning some people who have cars in between the blockades can no longer leave their homes using their vehicle and others can no longer access the area by vehicle. 

Difficult Maneuvers 

New roadblocks affect not only drivers, but anyone with a hand-pushed cart, such as the street cleaner who dutifully cleans around the Qitoun checkpoint every day. Now he must maneuver his cart around the barriers as he climbs the hill.


At the Qitoun checkpoint, Israeli border police shot at least ten rounds of teargas as children were walking to school one day. These included teargas grenades that bounce around when shot. This teargas bombardment is a common occurrence. 


Collective Punishment


After a few children threw stones at the Qitoun checkpoint, along with teargas, sound bombs, and rubber-coated steel bullets, Israeli border police sprayed skunk water in the street and directly at buildings, though no stone-throwers were in them. The smell of skunk water, something like raw sewage, lingers for days or weeks, affecting anyone who lives, walks, or passes through the area. 


Amidst the difficulty of living under military occupation, children remain resilient, laughing, playing, and posing for pictures on their way home from school.



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