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PHOTO: Hebron's settlers declare 'Palestine never existed'

Participants on a Breaking the Silence tour of the old city of Hebron were greeted today with large banners in two different locations on Shuhada Street that proclaimed: “Palestine never existed! (and never will)”

Both banners appeared on sections of Shuada Street that Palestinians are banned from both walking or driving on. The restrictions on Palestinian access to the street began 20 years ago after American-born doctor and Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein walked into Hebron’s Al-Ibrahimi Mosque and opened fire with his military issued rifle, killing 29 Palestinian worshipers and injuring 125. The Israeli military’s response was a policy of separation between settlers and Palestinians on Hebron’s streets, resulting in a network of heavily guarded settler enclaves that punishes Palestinian neighbors with an accompanying matrix of checkpoints and restricted areas.

A banner placed by Israeli settlers on a section of Hebron's Shuhada Street that is off-limits to Palestinians reads, "Palestine never existed! (and never will)". (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

An Israeli settler walks with a child past a banner on a section of Hebron’s Shuhada Street that is off-limits to Palestinians reads, “Palestine never existed! (and never will)”. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

(photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Israeli soldiers patrol a section of Shuhada Street that is off-limits to Palestinians where a banner hung by settler activists reads, “Palestine never existed! (and never will)”. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

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    1. Hermann Kuntz

      I know very well that the Hebron settlers are like Israeli terrorists in the occupied Palestine. They can do what they want because they are guarded by the Israeli Occupation Army.

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    2. When I was reading I was surprised how mislead is the writer! How come the writer does not know history and geography! Palestine is older than the Israeli Occupation so they came to occupy it! It is so simple…Let’s stop misinformation, misconception, misleading and mis media just to help the writer- at least- live peacefully
      Best regards

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