22 Jul Losing and Regaining Hope in Hebron
Posted at 09:32h in Middle EastWritten by Stephanie Pankewicz. Read more of her thoughts on her personal blog, Travel Accidentally On Purpose. I’m not an expert on the history or politics behind Hebron, I do not want to pretend to be, and honestly I am not interested in being an expert on anything to do with that place. All I plan to do in this blog is explain to you how I felt. And hopefully by sharing the way I felt walking the streets for a few hours, you can begin to grasp how the citizens must feel who live there every day. Hebron is separated into two sections: H1 and H2. H2 is completely under Israeli military control; in fact, the city in literally separated by a checkpoint that you must walk through. As you approach the checkpoint you can hear the buzzing of the metal detector and see the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) soldiers checking passports. Even though I knew I wasn’t doing anything wrong nor was I the target of the soldiers attention, I felt nervous and tense. The soldier did not smile at me, he did not give me a nod even out of courtesy. The situation felt cold and disconnected.