The very city where our common Father Abraham (Ibrahim) is buried with his family now has separate roads leading to Their tomb, one for Jews, one for Palestinians ….
One Family, Two roads
ההפרדה בחברון. זה הצד של היהודים ופה זה ערבים" (שלום עכשיו)

Separation in Hebron (Photo: Peace Now)


The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that the fence serves a security role and is intended to prevent uncontrolled entrance into the Cave of the Patriarchs.

Where was the concern when a crazed Jewish settler entered the building 19 years ago and killed 30 Muslims at prayer in cold blood?


Hebron: Separate Jewish, Palestinian roads

Road leading to Cave of Patriarchs separated by fence: paved side for Jews, unpaved for Arabs. Peace Now: With settler pressure, government continues building walls, fences of racism

Elior Levy


The segregated Jewish-Palestinian bus lines offered by theAfikim bus company in the West Bank have caused quite the stir recently, but this division has already been effective in Hebron for years.



The city’s Palestinian residents are no strangers to blocked roads, limited movement and restricted passageways. Nineteen years after the massacre at the Cave of the Patriarchs, Israel is expanding the segregation which is now reaching new heights.


Security forces have recently tightened retrictions on Palestinian movement in one of the streets in the al-Salaymeh neighborhood leading to the Cave of the Patriarchs which has two barriers, Ynet has learned.


Jewish residents are allowed to cross the road by vehicle, butPalestinians are now only permitted to cross by foot or by bicycle.



In September, security forces placed a fence along the road; dividing it into two – on one side, a road and on the other side, a narrow pedestrian walkway. Palestinians have been directed to walk along the narrow, unpaved passageway.


A video by B’Tselem shows the fence being erected and police preventing the passage of Palestinian pedestrians on the road. A Border Guard officer is seen directing a Palestinian man to the path, claiming that the paved road is intended “for Jews only”.



“This is the Jewish side and (the other) is for Arabs,” he is heard saying. Asked about the separation, the officer replied, “These are the rules. That’s it.” In another instance, a Border Guardofficer told a Palestinian that “there is a law to go on the other side. This is the Jewish side here, that side is for Arabs.”



Some of the area’s Jewish residents expressed their astonishment at the building of the fence and its location. A Kiryat Arba resident who prays at the Cave of the Patriarchs on a regular basis admitted that “it was hard to find someone here who opposes this, but let’s just say, deciding to put the fence here, where it is located, is a bit strange.



“In any case, the large mass of Muslim worshippers comes from the other side of the cave, so apart from maintaining separation between Jews who come here and Arabs who pass by, I have no explanation for this.



“I guess the army is planning something for days in which the cave is bustling, so they will use the fence to allow a more secure entrance.”



Building Walls

One of the combat soldiers who serves in the area also found the new guidelines odd, remarking that “aside from causing them to walk behind the fence, it has no special importance. Maybe on the days of mass prayer it will help regulate movement.”



According to him, “What we were told is not to allow them to pass in the direction of the cave square, where the Jews walk. The truth is that most choose not to pass that way anyway and it is even a bit annoying to tell them each time to pass behind the fence. What happens is that they intentionally do things to push our buttons or to protest and we bring them back, it’s a kind of silly cat and mouse game”.



Peace Now said in response, “No PR campaign will erase the shame and disgrace created by the reality in the territories. With settler pressure, the government continues building walls and fences of racism and officially promotes a policy of separation between Jews and Arabs.”



B’Tselem noted that “Unlike the case of buses, where separation has only now been introduced, inHebron, this is the official policy and the army has recently started intensifying it.”



The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that the fence serves a security role and is intended to prevent uncontrolled entrance into the Cave of the Patriarchs.


Itamar Fleishman contributed to this report



  1. Big Ben said,

    March 6, 2013 at 17:17

    So tell me, where are all those “civil right” jews that fought against black/white segregation in US South 40-50 yrs ago? Is there a double standard being applied here?
    I find this article very disturbing.

  2. A.K.SAMSON said,

    March 7, 2013 at 10:06

    History is one deity that will not go away no matter how we try.It is a creepy character. It lives with you without you recognizing it. It is the forever counting mechanism that ticks non-stop. Curiously, it comes at you with a hidden specter that only show its true form after it has caused damage.
    The world(so we thought) fought Apartheid to a standstill before we recognized the insidious nature of the system and accept it as evil. If we signed an agreement in 1992 with the release of Nelson Mandela from Robin Island and his ‘gang of terrorists’, the ink is yet to dry.
    Now, what have we here? history has come to re-establish Apartheid at the cradle of modern mankind.
    The Jews and the Palestinians both have an indisputable valid claim to Abraham who both recognize that his seeds will remain forever. SIMPLE LOGIC should say to anyone that killing yourselves has nothing to do with ‘FATHER ABRAHAM’ but everything to do with the inadequacies in your refusal to accept the simple logic ‘LIVE AND LET LIVE.’

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