Palestinian children walk to school in the city, which is in the south of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Not far from the place in the photo a large group of Jewish settlers, at about 1am in the early hours, forced their way into a Palestinian property. They were aided by Israeli soldiers who helped them break down 3 doors to gain access. The extended Palestinian family living there insisted they were the owners, and produced deeds and other documents as proof. But the settlers claimed they'd bought the property from a man representing the family, and took up residence in part of the building. Two weeks later they're still there.
A spokesman for the settlers says that the Israeli authorities are on their side and have confirmed their bill-of-sale is '100% in order'. But the mayor of Hebron disagrees, and says the 'proof' is forged. "The person who (apparently) sold to them is not the owner of the house. Everything is forged," he said. A settlers' spokesman later said: "Any normal community wants to be able to grow, live normally, buy houses." But he didn't explain why his group had chosen to break in at 1 o'clock in the morning.
Source: the Guardian, Wednesday, April 4th