Old City and Market of Al Khalil (Hebron)

Old City and Market of Al Khalil (Hebron) boy walking
The Old City and Market of Al Khalil (Hebron)  © 2017 Susan M Hall

The Old City and Market of Al Khalil (Hebron) is a thruway to the Ibrahimi Mosque (Muslim), also known as, the Cave of the Patriarchs (Jewish).  The shrine is sacred to Muslims, Christians and Jews as the traditional burial-place of Abraham and Sarah; Isaac and Rebekah; Jacob and Leah.

Since 1997 Hebron has been divided into two sections: the Palestinian-controlled H1 which comprises  80% of the city, and the IDF-controlled H2 which includes the Cave of the Patriarchs.  The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) control access to the mosque through a series of turnstiles and checkpoints.

locked shop door Old City Hebron
© 2017 Susan M Hall

Tourism is down in part, due to armed Israel Defense Force (IDF) soldiers loitering around the market.   Settler and security force violence, as well as, ongoing curfews and restriction on movement have caused many Palestinian shopkeepers to shut down their businesses and leave the area.

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Susan M Hall is an American long-distance runner with a goal to run a half marathon in all 193 UN-recognized countries plus the two permanent non-member observer states of Palestine & the Holy See.

On her radar are the Outer Banks Half Marathon, Nags Head, North Carolina, USA; Beirut Half Marathon, Beirut, Lebanon; Radisson Blu Larnaka Half Marathon, Larnaka, Cyprus, and the Pyramids Half Marathon, Giza, Egypt.

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