Episode 3, Fact 1 - Hebron


Hebron (Al-Khalil in Arabic) is located 32 kms south of Jerusalem and is home to 250,000 Palestinians and approximately 700 Jews.

Hebron is divided into 2 areas; H1 and H2. H1 is under the de jure control of the PA, with approximately 100,000 Palestinians living there.

H2 is under full Israeli military control, with approximately 45,000 Palestinians, approximately 750 Jewish fundamentalists living across 4 settlements in the Old City and another 4,000 Israeli soldiers stationed there to 'keep the peace'.

Once the thriving social and economic centre of Hebron, the Old City is now known as the 'Ghost Town'. It has lost 40% of it's population since the 2nd intifada and most of it's shops have closed.

Due to it's religious significance, Hebron has become a stronghold for religious extremists within the settler movement.

Streets in the Old City that separate Jewish settlers from Palestinians often have 'caging' above them. This is to prevent the settlers from throwing down heavy, dangerous objects onto the Palestinians below, it does not stop the boiling fluid and effluent.


UNOCHA - source