Haaretz, Apr. 3, 2017


After climbing a rickety staircase (locals cannot get permits for renovations or repairs, she said) and seeing how the Israel Antiquities Authority is excavating literally underneath already-precariously structured buildings near the Siloam pool, I noticed a two-story tall Israeli flag covering Bet Yonatan, a building in which Jews live. The obnoxiousness of this display of privilege was stunning.

[...] Thousands of Palestinians pass through [Checkpoint 300] each day to get to jobs, family members and doctor’s appointments. After walking through a long dusty passageway that feels like a cattle chute, they wait inside a hangar-sized shed to be funneled through a metal detector while a uniformed Israeli soldier and security contractors watch from an overhead catwalk [....]

According to Abu Ibrahim, a Khalet Sakarya village elder, his community was instructed to reduce the volume of their recorded call to prayer so it wouldn’t bother their Jewish neighbors. At the same time, a generator from a nearby Jewish settlement is so loud it drowned out ordinary conversation while we were there.