Israel Shuts Down Houses, Stores in Hebron

HEBRON, January 19, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli army Monday shut down two homes and two commercial stores in the Old City of Hebron, according to WAFA correspondent.


He said Israeli army and settlers broke into the Old City and shut down the two stores by welding their gates. The two stores are adjacent to the nearby illegal settlement of Beit Hadassah. The stores and the two houses are the property of local residents.


Over the years, several small Israeli outposts were established in or near the Old City of Hebron, the commercial hub for the entire southern West Bank.


Israeli security forces drew on the alleged need to protect these settlements as a justification for a policy based on the principle of separation, leading to severe restrictions on Palestinians’ movement and a lack of law enforcement in the case of violent settlers, according to B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group.


Many Palestinians have therefore abandoned their homes and the economy of the city center has collapsed as a result.