The wedding congratulations which I had visited yesterday, Shaban and I revisited today. Once again, we are talking about a huge amount of people. We sat in a type of cantine, under the venue where each and every person got served yellow rice with lamb and soup. I didn't end up eating much, out of pure fascination about how Palestinians eat. I am English, we eat peas with a fork. Cutlery however here in Palestine, isn't used regularly and the lamb bones simply get thrown onto the table. I really found it interesting how this seemed to be the norm. On top of that the speed which the food gets devoured is fascinating. After the food obviously, an Arabic coffee followed and then we left.
Shaban's family; the Natsha family has a total of 30,000 members, making it the largest family in Palestine. The room you see is the family house of the Natsha's where they have meetings and gatherings. Here they discuss and vote on the leader of the family, the situation of the family and issues that need to be resolved. Also as a family they run a charity for scholarships to enable students to study. Over 600 students have been supported through their programme so far totalling over 400,000$.
Throughout Hebron one can see random plots of land, and I just presumed no one had decided to build. However Shaban explained that land is incredibly expensive with 1000sqm costing up to $5m as there is very little land left. This is due to Israel taking the land outside of Hebron, leaving the Palestinians only the city, which logically has very little space remaining. This problem continues with food, a kilo of lamb costs 22€. In Germany it is at least half the price.
The tension between Palestine and Israel even though not as tense as previously, I notice day to day that people are still clearly upset by it. Mohammed yesterday who is only 23 said that life can be hard in Hebron, but you have to make the most of it. He is a guy with lots of dreams yet clearly as with all people here, the conflict is still very present.