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In video - Israeli settlers celebrate Purim in Hebron's Old City

March 21, 2019 3:58 P.M. (Updated: March 22, 2019 7:52 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers raided the al-Shuhada Street, on Thursday, and marched towards the Ibrahimi Mosque, in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim.

One Israeli settler celebrating Purim was dressed in the Temporary International Presence in Hebron’s (TIHP) uniform, in expression of Israeli settlers’ joy that the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, decided not to extend TIHP’s mandate in the city.

Prominent Palestinian activist and Human Rights Defender Issa Amr reported that Israeli soldiers raided the al-Shuhada, Tel Rumeida and al-Salha streets surrounding Ibrahimi Mosque, while checkpoints were sealed off and residents of the previously mentioned streets were prevented from leaving their homes.

Israeli soldiers reportedly assaulted activists in an attempt to prevent them from documenting settlers’ “provocation” against locals.

Located in the center of Hebron -- one of the largest cities in the occupied West Bank -- the Old City was divided into Palestinian and Israeli-controlled areas, known as H1 and H2, following the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre.
Some 800 notoriously aggressive Israeli settlers now live under the protection of the Israeli military in the Old City, surrounded by more than 30,000 Palestinians.
Palestinian residents of the Old City face a large Israeli military presence on a daily basis, with at least 20 checkpoints set up at the entrances of many streets, as well as the entrance of the Ibrahimi Mosque itself.
Additionally, Palestinians are not allowed to drive on al-Shuhada street, have had their homes and shops on the street welded shut, and in some areas of the Old City, are not permitted to walk on certain roads.
Meanwhile, Israeli settlers move freely on the street, drive cars, and carry machine guns.

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