After several tries to organize meeting in the old city of Hebron Psycho- Social Counselling Center for Women (PSCCW) staff finally succeed setting a meeting on Monday 7th of August 2017. Raed Abu- Rmailah and Yazied Al- Fakhoury were the journalist that accompanied us in our trip to the old city. It is dangers to enter the city without a company of an international organization or journalist, especially for those are not residence of the old city.
Three chick points we had crossed to the city, where is not allowed the cars with Palestinian plate to enter. On the first checkpoint, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) checked our IDs and us. We continued walking a couple meters the second checkpoint was setting to checked us again and they took our IDs for half an hour under the sun before they returned them back to us, while we were waiting our IDs the IOF interrogated us by asking us “ who are you? Why you are here? After 20 meters, we crossed the third checkpoint. Mr. Raed asked us to stop for couple of minute to look up, we found small cameras, he continued these cameras are working with lazar, it could know if you are carry any weapons or knifes with you. That is explained that all the murdered , who were killed/ murdered in the old city were not carrying any weapon or knifes with them , and they were not planning to do any terrorist work, as the IOF claimed , it is only for the occupation desire to kill.
The old city of Hebron contained around 345 families of Al- Salaymeh, Jaber, Ghaith; around 2000 to 2500 people live in. Al- Slaymeh Family lives out of the ethnic wall, which the Israeli occupation build to size a group of homes , put on the Israeli flag after they displaced the families , who live in the houses. In front of Jaber Family, a building consider as the most important building, where it is the first interrogation center for any Palestinian regarding of its charge , then moved them later to the Israeli prison. It is important to know that this area is consider as dangerous area not allowed to anyone to reach , except who present the International organization ( the international monitories).
We are going to enter this gate now “what does this gate mean? Is it get us out of the old city? “the journalist response not long time ago the Israeli Occupation set a separate ethnic wall to distribute Al- Slaymeh and Ghaith families , Ghaith families lives inside this wall is containing a gate , which is controlled by the IOF. They opened and closed when they want. Sometimes even, they close it for no reason that means the student dose not allowed to go to their school in the morning, or back to their homes after, because the schools located out of the wall.
We continued walking to enter Abu- Al-Abed house, which is located in front of the interrogation center. The house doors was open, it seems that there is no privacy?!! we asked Mr. Raed about the reason, he responded this house is consider as an Israeli point preventing the family to close their house door, so they can enter whenever they want. Suddenly, the youngest daughter screaming, “Mum the settlers running after my brother “. In that time, we had strange feeling ,we don’t know if it’s fair , concern, or stress. You are not able to know what is coming in your mind. The mother, while she very concern, called the father to tell him what happened , the journalist hurry to see if he could release the child from them. In HARRY, the father came back to his home and asked his wife to go with him to find a way to release their child. After a while, the parents brought their child with them, but they let them singe in 3000-shekel fees paper, if he attack the settlers again. However, all the witness (people in neighborhood) said that the child did not do anything of what they claims him.
They get back to their house; the father started beating his son in crazy way, without caring about us. We sense of helplessness, we could not do anything. The father set on his knees and start screaming “ Wallah, we are pored , we are tired , it is inviolable what happened for us , we could not provide foods , please, found someone help us to find another place to live in , please help us. The silence was the response, because we could not do anything.
In our way back , we had to go through the same check points for checking us and our IDs again , waiting under the sun to get our IDs back ,and allowing us to get out of the town.
After, we write our repot of our visit, we start thinking How we could create a safe area for people, whom living there? Several ideas come up, until we came up with these three recommendation:
First, to established small garden for children to be safe place for children.
Second, to put our pursuer on the decision makers to send ongoing to helps the old city resident to support their resistance.
Third, singing an international convention to protect the residence of the old city and tray the IOF when they broke.