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A Tour to Hebron: This Friday, February 11th, 8:30 AM guided by Breaking The Silence members
A Tour to Hebron: This Friday, February 11th, 8:30 AM

Assemble at Binyani Ha’Uma, Jerusalem

Estimated Time of Return: 2:00 AM
with possibility to arrive directly to the demo in Sheikh Jarrah

For details and pre-registration (mandatory) call
054-8184467 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              054-8184467      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 052-8701145

Please register in advance (preferably by Wednesday)

Hebron (Al-Khalil) is the most outstanding symbol of the destructive effects of the Israeli occupation. The Israeli government submitted to all the settlers’ demand as of the initiation of the settlement in Hebron, and the military is attentive to the settlers’ every whim. In February 1994 Baruch Goldstein carried out a massacre in the Ibrahimi Mosque (The Patriarchs’ Tomb), killing 29 Palestinian worshippers and injuring over a hundred. The Rabin government responded by closing Hebron’s main street, the Shuhada Street, to Palestinians. It remains closed to this very day. With the outbreak of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, Israel further aggravated the movement restrictions in the city. The restrictions are especially severe in the H2 area, the part of Hebron under full Israeli control, where the settlements are located. Its residents suffered hundreds of days of curfew in the past decade. Around 1800 shops in the Kasba (Old City) were closed by the military. Many streets were closed to Palestinian movement, and their residents are forced to get in and out of their homes through the roofs. The movement restrictions and the settlers’ violence caused everyone who could move out of H2 to move out of there.

Israel turned an entire section of downtown Hebron into a ghost town.

Israel seeks to implement the same policy in Jerusalem:Hundreds, maybe even thousands, of violent settlers live in Silwan, Sheikh Jarrah and ever areas of the Holy Basin. They are provided with guards on the state’s expense. The police refrains form any action against them.Every Friday, roadblocks are erected in Silwan. They allow free movement for Israelis, while shutting down Palestinian traffic and preventing the village residents to reach their own homes by cars.

In light of the coming anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre (February 25), we will attend a tour in order to get acquainted with the reality in Hebron.

The tour will be guided by members of Breaking The Silence, who are closely acquainted with the situation in the city.

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