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Security or humiliation?

20th August 2016 | International Solidarity Movement, al-Khalil team | Hebron, occupied Palestine

People queuing up in lines at the checkpoint, a father with his wife, two toddlers and a baby in the arms. Trying to pass.

A soldier yells at the mother who is carrying the baby to go back, “akhora. AKHORA!”, with a loud voice, as if he is in a battle. She gets scared. The man is trying to tell the soldiers that she is his wife and these are his kids.

He keeps yelling.


People outside stand in silence, scared. Some try to tell the soldier they are together. But the helmet upon his head prevents any human sound from reaching him.

The same soldier few days ago yelled at another girl, she panicked and ran away. He bravely he cocked his gun, she was trapped and in a panic, ran to her mother. He put his gun down when he saw a group of tourists wondering what is going on. The girl passed with her mom.

Thanks to the group who were there at the right place, and at the right time.