The most inner and historic centre of Hebron is 3000 years old. It is truly beautiful with narrow alleyways and tunnels connecting each and every courtyard. The whole area is truly stunning.
Yet there is a downside. Shaban used to live in this area, however, he hasn't been to this area for the last 10 years at all. Not once. He only came here today, to show me around.
So why? Why hasn't he been there? Well quite simply put, because of the Israelis.Spread throughout a vast array of Hebron are settlements especially within the centre, the most historic and beautiful part of this city. This makes him and all Palestinians very uncomfortable as they can really feel the impact that the Israelis are having on their life. The centre is deserted, a few shops are open selling tourist souvenirs and that is all.
Adding to an even larger degree why Palestinians feel uncomfortable around the centre is that it is there that the Abraham Mosque is located deep within this very centre.
It is here where the Israeli soldier committed the attack that killed 30 people and injured over 120. Still, to this day, the soldiers control the mosque and the surrounding settled areas.
The entire area is absolutely stunning, but sadly so very deserted and lifeless because of how very scared they are. It truly does once again highlight the continuation of the conflict even though it is subdued in the general media at the moment.