From International Solidarity Movement (ISM) – Over 100 Palestinians together with international solidarity activists gathered in Hebron this Saturday to protest against the closure of Al-Shuhada Street. As a response to the infamous YouTube video of soldiers dancing near the illegal settlement of Tel-Rumeida, some protesters staged a dance protest: three dancers took the role of soldiers and searched and “arrested” three Palestinians.
They performed in front of the gate that closes off Al-Shuhada Street and prohibits all Palestinians from using it. The demonstrators called for justice and the opening of Al-Shuhada Street, and for the inhabitants of illegal Israeli settlements to leave the city and take the soldiers with them.
There are 18 check points that severely limit the movement of Palestinians in the Israeli military controlled area of Hebron (known as ‘H2’). Palestinian residents face daily attacks and harassment from soldiers and extremist, fanatical zionist colonists who are often armed and violate the rights of Palestinians with impunity.