Our Hebron: A Ghost Town Guarded by Israeli Soldiers

The centre of the city, the second largest in the West Bank, is no longer the lively place it once was. Now, a Jewish settlement dominates the heart of the city.

Ninety families have settled here – a right-wing, ideologically motivated group interested in “taking back” Hebron from the Palestinians.

The result is nothing short of a ghost town guarded by hundreds of Israeli soldiers. For the benefit of 800 Jews living in Hebron, a city of 170,000 people, Palestinian life in the city centre has come to a standstill.

Indeed, a visit to Hebron can destroy any hopes that the recently started Middle East peace talks might find success. It is here in Hebron that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank shows its ugliest face…

Thanks to Ulrike Putz, Der Spiegel: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,719203,00.html

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