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The passage from the busy bustling commercial centre of Hebron to the ghost town of what was previously the commercial centre is a shocking indictment of the conflict which consumes the West Bank. The contrast is stark....one minute I'm feeling bemused and shocked at the extraordinary display of underwear that Palestinian women appear to wear beneath their modest outer garments and the next I'm looking at a street of boarded shops, covered by security netting and not a soul to be seen.

The netting was to prevent things being thrown down onto the Palestinian shopkeepers by the Jewish settlers .....and the evidence of that is still there to see....

The disruption of an area that housed 25,000 people and now houses somewhere between 10-15,000 for the sake of 500 settlers and the 2,000+ troops guarding them is highly visible in this godforsaken legacy of occupation. It is profoundly saddening.

This picture of never to be opened Arab shops covered in anti-Arab graffiti - 'Kill All Arabs' and the such like is as shocking as the martyr posters and anti-Israeli/ anti-Jewish slogans in Arab areas. This particular road is closed to provide protected routes for the settlers - checkpoints guard progress to any Arab entering the zone.......it is depressing in the extreme.

Very near this spot - just to the left is a small shrine to Shalhevet Pass a ten month old Jewish baby.......shot in her fathers arms.....the response of the IDF was to later shell and machine gun the neighbourhood from which the shot had come..........but not for the first time - they had actually been doing this randomly for the last six months according to the Christian Peacemaker monitoring teams. We didn't hear that side of it in British news reports or of the shell that landed in the bedroom of 10 month old Hart iSheik on the Palestinian side......

It is really very hard to make sense of this crazy situation......if I was living there I think I would rather be a dog lying in the midday sun.......

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