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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Hebron/Shuhada Street Protest Photos

No weird title like "Cat butt" (the previous post that these pictures illustrate).  What follows are my pictures from Hebron in general and the demonstration in particular.  At the end are two links to videos from the "Open Shuhada Street" demonstration.

A few of my photos...


















Many streets in the Old City have been completely blocked off, like this one.  This makes getting around more difficult. As I was walking, I happened to peek through a hole and saw a burned out (possibly bombed out?) building. 



IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) are standing watch all over the place.


















 The fencing you see is what Palestinians have put up to protect themselves from whatever Israeli settlers may throw down from above. You can see the fencing above the Old City market... If you look closely, you can also see the trash that's been thrown down on it.

Looking up through it , you also see the settler homes...










The mosque/synagogue...The entrance you see on the left of the building is the synagogue entrance.  The mosque entrance is farther to the left.  To get to either side, you have to go through security.  What you don't see in the picture is the IDF watchtower.








Muslims wait to begin Friday prayers as the IDF stands guard outside the Ibrahimi Mosque. 









Soldiers stand at the ready outside the mosque.  Ready for what, I do not know...















Inside, they also seem ready for action. 











Shuhada Street, which used to be a bustling Palestinian commercial area.  The doors to many shops were welded shut, with whatever happened to be inside stuck in there. Note the barrier in the street.  The left (narrow) side is for Palestinians, the right (wide) for settlers.  Remember that Hebron is in Palestine...  We chose to walk on the left.

Walking past Shuhada Street towards the protest...





The IDF is ready for the peaceful protest.  These were only a few of their vehicles.  There was also a bulldozer ready to go.  Not sure what that would have been used for.  Luckily, it didn't come out...






We had to walk through yet another checkpoint in the middle of the city.


And then we found where the protest was...just beyond the IDF vehicles at the end of the street. 













Children poked their heads out to see what was going on.  At that point things were still pretty calm...







Standing guard on a the roof of a house...

By the time the picture below was taken, the skunk spray (aka "cat butt") had already been used on demonstrators.  You can see demonstrators and casual observers in the back.















I'll let the next few pictures speak for themselves...














An arrest...



One of the journalists was hit in the head.  I'm not sure what hit him, but you can see he was bleeding.





Things got fun for us when the sound bombs were hurled towards us... That's when we ducked into a house...
After ducking in for cover, we were invited up to the home of an amazing family who made us feel immediately welcome, serving us tea, oranges, and a meal.






Even after a few hours, there were things burning in the street.  The street had been blocked and IDF was still on watch. 








These boys wanted me to take their picture, so I obliged.









 Remnants from the day left in the streets...on the side where journalists and observers were, not demonstrators. 










Late in the day, soldiers were still all over the place.












See the soldiers on the roof to the right of the Coca-Cola sign...











And a bit of the graffiti from around town....




















Finally, here is video footage posted from the Alternative Information Center: http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/component/content/article/2-hebron/4164-video-army-oppression-of-open-shuhada-street-protest-


Here is another video someone posted on youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FFA6nVb8RI&feature=related


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