Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Friday, April 01, 2011

This is our life in Hebron

This is the checkpoint stationed between the Old City of Hebron and the Ibrahimi Mosque. This is one of two access points to the mosque and is used by the great majority of residents and visitors. Imagine what's it like to get through here on a religious holiday when there are thousands of people passing through that turnstile.

This is our life in Hebron from anne skaardal on Vimeo.

Update: The following is a Twitter exchange that I had after posting this video. (Note: I tweeted the video and engaged in the exchange using the @CPTPalestine account). 
Me:  Watch this video depicting on of the many restrictions on movement in the city of Hebron.

Margaux52: @cptpalestine as a us citizen and valid resident I have to go thru security check and pat down when I fly from LA to SF.

Me: @margaux52 do you go through metal detectors, pat downs, and show ID to an occupying military when you walk to the grocery store?

Margaux52: @cptpalestine I didn't see a grocery store in the video. Btw why do I have to visit Hebron in an armored bus?

Me: @margaux52 the vegetable market is just beyond that checkpoint. Come to hebron w/o armored bus, you'll be welcomed with open arms.

Margaux52: @cptpalestine would love to. Would live to visit the temple mount too but I cant
A couple quick things. The point wasn't that there is actually a grocery store in the video, obviously there wasn't (cause pretty much the only grocery store in Hebron is inside the Israel settlement, Kiryat Arba). The point was that people get stopped doing normal things in their normal, everyday life, like in your case, Margaux, going to the grocery store.

Secondly, you don't have to visit Hebron in an armored bus. I travel there in a regular old shared 'taxi,' and you can too. Who's forcing you into an armored bus? I swear, Arabs won't kill you if you take an Arab bus, they'll actually smile at you. As far as armored buses, are you talking about the Egged buses (an Israeli bus company) that serve settlers, at rates subsidized by the Israeli government, living in the occupied Palestinian territories? 'Nuff said.

Thirdly, you can't visit the temple mount? Yeah well many Palestinians who were born in Jerusalem aren't even allowed to go to Jerusalem because Israel occupies East Jerusalem and controls who can/can't enter Jerusalem. For example, my friend Tarek was born in Jerusalem and he can't go to Jerusalem, ANYWHERE in Jerusalem. The temple mount is THE ONLY place you can't go in Jerusalem. Some perspective, please. 

1 comment:

Mario said...

Your friend can visit the Temple Mount, as many Israeli Jews do. The restriction on visiting Temple Mount is a religious restriction that only some devout Jews follow.

Non-Muslims enter through Mughrabi gate. More information and visiting hours: