Tourists can visit Hebron and the surrounding area. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 13.03.13 | 16:17 (IST)

    If Obama went he could see the most ugly side of the occupation, the efforts being made to drive the Palestinians out of area C by depriving them of the most important necessities of life, shelter, water and electricity. Meanwhile he could see how simultaneously the settlement programme is being expanded - and ask why the "newcomers" have brand new homes when the Palestinians live in makeshift shelters and tents, why water tankers deliver to Palestinians when the nearby settlers have much cheaper and immediate access to mains water etc. etc. Then he could move into Hebron itself and view the Jews-only streets, see the boarded up and padlocked shops which was once a thriving market and the heart of the city, see how the few Palestinians who refused to leave have been forced to barricade themselves into their homes with iron grilles on the windows and front-doors because of the constant harassment by settlers, watch as any Palestinian who now wants to view where they once lived and worked must stop at checkpoints to first be interrogated by armed soldiers, even read the grafitti which describes the displaced residents of the area now settled by Jews as vermin and calls for their destruction. Anyone surprised that the Israeli government has decided not to make this part of Obama's visit. Yet if they have nothing to be ashamed of - why not?!

    from the article: Analysts on Obama's trip to Israel: low to no expectations
    First published 14:37 13.03.13 | Last updated 14:37 13.03.13
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