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WATCH: Demonstration to open Shuhada Street in Hebron

On Friday February 22, 2013, a demonstration took place in Hebron protesting the restrictions placed on Palestinians’ freedom of movement on Shuhada Street in the city. Shuhada Street has been closed to Palestinians for over a decade (ever since the second Intifada began in October 2000 and seven years after Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein killed 19 Palestinians at the nearby Ibrahimi Mosque); Israeli settlers are free to use the street.

More than anything, the closure of Shuhada Street is an expression of Israel’s undeclared racial segregation policies, and their implications. Ever since it was closed to Palestinians, life in the city-center of Hebron has been destroyed – businesses were closed and many families were forced to leave their homes due to the inability to move freely and make a living.

Last week, just as in years past, the IDF did not hesitate to use its wide range of riot control equipment, including smoke and stun grenades, tear gas, the LRAD (Long range acoustic device) and the “Skunk” (foul water fired from a water cannon, which leaves a terrible odor that lasts for days on whatever it touches). Dozens of protesters were injured.

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    1. rsgengland

      As the article says, the road was closed because of the violence of the second intifada.
      That intifada was started by Arafat, in reaction to his inability to sign the ‘Clinton Peace Agreement’ in 2000.
      If Arafat had signed it then, there would have been a functioning Palestinian State today.
      All those who disagree with that statement display their negativity, as if there had been a state the Palestinians would have been able to prove their responsibility and maturity by making it a vibrant,, successful democracy.
      And the world would have thrown bucket loads more money at it, than it already has, to make it a success.
      Israel in 1948, with far less proved what could be done with very little, in adverse circumstances.

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      • mudplanet

        Q. What kind of miserable racist arsehole tries to blame his violence on his victims.

        A. A zionist.

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        • rsgengland

          Your content is abusive and your logic does make sense.

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    2. The prior report said the street was closed “after” the killing of Palestinians in a mosque; that allowed a causitive inference (as I for one made) and the report should have been done to avoid that.

      The limitation in Rsgen, above’s, remark is that social relations evolve with circumstances; the very dissolution of business in the area shows that. Israeli settlers use a street forbidden to other residents. Israel’s very success during and after the 2nd Intifada creates a new environment which alters the consequences for residents past and born. Once can claim that the curtailed are responsible through their history, but ultimately this logic becomes hollow by failing to address present life subordination. Security itself is reframing what security means. And this developing social structure is not represented by a single “leader,” but by uncountable social transactions of the day and years.

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