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I went to England to study as a jeweler for three or four years. Afterwards, I came back and settled down. I have a nice family, two sons and a daughter. My daughter is 29, and my sons are 28 and 24. My sons both do civil engineering–one of them works with the CCC and the other is a university teacher. My daughter finished her master’s in mathematics. They are really good kids. I’m spending all my time in this store, but in a way, I am retired now that they are fully independent. I’ve been coming to this market for at least 50 years to join my father at his business. We would come down from the house to pick up things for my mother. Everyone from all over the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as Bedouin villagers, used to come every morning to this market to collect whatever they needed, pray in the Ibrahami mosque, and leave in the evening. Today, we like people to come down and to see things here, because the media is not on our side. They call us a lot of bad things: terrorists, vicious, bad people. We are not like that. To be honest, we are fully educated, polite people; we don’t do anyone any harm. We want people to come down and witness things themselves. - Jamal Maraqa

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I’m growing old. Maybe 20 years old now? No, I’m 56. I was born in the house where my parents were born, near the Ibrahimi mosque. I grew up in a neighborhood full of boys and was the only daughter in my family. I lost my father in the 1967 War, so me and my brothers were sent to boarding schools. I got my schooling in Jerusalem, until the 11th grade, when I decided I needed to go back home and join my family. I studied English and education at Hebron University. Teaching gave me a lot of experience on how to deal with the community and put me on the first step towards volunteer work. I love children. My passion is for kids. In school, I would go to the children's section to help the babysitters with bathing, feeding, and playing with the kids. I always classify myself as the oldest child in the old city. I am from the area, so I know the needs of the children. I have a kindergarten as a volunteer project. For me it’s not an investment, it’s life. I cover many of the expenses myself. Children are the angels in life. It’s my world. - Zleikha Muhtaseb


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Actually, I did not enroll in pharmaceuticals. I enrolled as an x-ray technician in the Philippines, in 1989, at the College of Medical Technology. One of my friends told me that x-rays were very dangerous. He advised me to enroll in physiotherapy, but others discouraged me. So, I went finally to pharmaceuticals. We’ve done business here almost 30 years. Before, it was very nice, business was flourishing, but now business is going down due to the devision of Hebron. Before, this area was the best. Now people are moving up north. People are not coming anymore because of what they see, and what they hear, and the checkpoint 100 meters away. - Nodal Zalloum


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I am originally from Hebron. I work at the Governmental Hospital. All my work is humanitarian. I chose to study as a doctor because I love to help people. I support poor families and the sick. When someone comes to the hospital with many broken bones after falling, or with leg wounds, to see him standing and walking again is an achievement. I’ll feel proud. We don’t have weekends, we’re always on call. Because of this, it’s difficult to have a personal life. Yesterday, I was at the hospital and returned home at 1:30am. A few years ago, when things were worse, I used to stay until 6am to give treatment. I am helping people all the time, but I think I have to do more.       - Jibreel al-Hashlamon



hoh_5.jpegMy name is Zaina. I’m seven years old. I’m in the first grade at Kortoba school. I fasted for the first time this Ramadan, for one day. I felt hungry, so I stopped. I like cats, and I like birds because they can fly everywhere without any borders. Today, I bought new clothes and sandals for Eid [the celebration which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan]: a pink tee-shirt, white pants and new sandals. I have a friend named Hannan, whom I play with everyday. Tomorrow we will go to the park to climb around. I want people to know I am clever. 

I am Qamar. My name means moon. I am six and I have two sisters. We live in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron. We were living in Jordan, but I like it better here. Here, I can spend beautiful time with my grandmother. I like sheep. I finished kindergarten, so next year I’m so excited to go to primary school. My favorite thing to learn about is numbers. I can count to ten in English. One, two, three 

Hoh_7.jpegI was born in Hebron. There were ten of us. We did everything. We would bike and climb and travel around the West Bank and to the beach in Israel, back when it was open to us. At this time of year, I would put all the things for Eid beside my head when I slept, so I could look at them and dream of wearing my new clothes in the morning. We were always so close during Ramadan. My father was very patient and would always make sure we worked out our problems directly. My husband is from the same neighborhood as us. We met when I was 17 and we were in love for five years. When he went to my father, he told me if you love him it doesn’t matter even if everyone else says no. We married in 1990. We had a daughter Jannet, which means paradise. I gave her all my time and love. After that, our family became bigger and bigger. - Fatima Azza with her husband

Hoh_8.jpeg I inherited the business from my father, so I’ve been working in this trade for 45 years. I hand make every kind of product for horses, sheep, camels, and donkeys. My grandfather did this work too. And now I teach it to my sons. I like it because it’s artistic. But, also one must be clever and always inventing new processes. In the past, we would have to import camel saddles. Imports sometimes hurt the animals. We did everything we could to make them as comfortable as possible. Now we can hand make the saddles here. In the end, animals can’t talk. So we look at them very carefully to make sure they are not hurting.
Once, we had a cat that was pregnant with her second litter and was accidentally killed by a car. We took in all her kittens. The older of the litter wouldn’t eat until all his siblings did. Animals have so much compassion. We have speech and developed brains. So why not us? - Imad Salhab

Hoh_9.jpegRight now I work as a builder. I also study architecture at the Polytechnic University in Hebron. I know how to design interiors and exteriors. I use AutoCAD and 3D Studio Max— it’s hard! When I traveled to Sweden, I would stare at all the huge buildings. This city has changed a lot since I was a child. Things look more modern now. I hope to bring the old and the new together once I graduate. - Anas Amro

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hoh_10.jpegGrowing up, I lived in H1 [under control of the Palestinian Authority], but my school was in H2 [portion of the city under Israeli military control]. I would associate H2 with excitement, suspense and an adrenaline kick. We studied in a mosque for a month when the situation was too dangerous to go to school. I avoided the Old City [H2 part of Hebron] during my university years. What was fun for a 10-year-old was a source of anguish for my 20-year-old self. It was only when my friends from abroad would visit that I started to go again to H2 to show them the Old City. I started to realize how important it is to show up there to support the people. Now, I take international visitors on tours around the Old City and to visit families there. I encourage visitors, and everyone really, to support small businesses and handmade products in the Old City which gives people a nudge to keep going. I would also encourage my other Palestinian friends to come visit here. I have two friends from Ramallah who have never been to Hebron! “Too dangerous” or “too far,” I usually hear them say. I ponder over how divided we are, or so it feels. Ditch the stereotypes, and yalla [come on]! - Bayan Haddad 

Hoh_11.jpegI was born in 1937 in al Samu’a village near Hebron. My father was killed when my mother was pregnant. Afterwards, she remarried the nicest man. My own husband was killed in the 1969, after we had four children. They didn’t find his body, only his ID. I worked for fifty years at a school. I lived there during the First Intifada, in order to help the students. Now they are grown. They’re engineers, teachers, and lawyers. In the street, they will kiss my hand like a mother. Maybe it is strange, but I’m friends with the snakes here too. Once when I was sleeping, I put my hand down I felt one. At first, I was scared and said “go, I won’t hurt you.” I didn’t see her for a long time. Now we’re good friends. I talk to her like a human and say “good evening” to her. I don’t need so much, just to be close to God and to use my misbaha [prayer beads]. I’ve seen so many things in my life. But at eighty years, I’m still happy. I have my family. Rahag Ajway
Hoh_12.jpeg I work as a lecturer for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Palestine Polytechnic University. After having visited several countries of the world, and living in some others, it is sensational to find oneself living in one of the oldest towns in the world with a history of more than four thousand years. I enjoy the academic life with students from all over Palestine. I believe that teaching is all about change. I, of course, struggle to create that change in others by focusing on excellency, professionalism, and honesty. Right now, three of the woman in our entrepreneurial program have created a product to treat tannery waste water with debris from stone quarries. We have many success stories like this. - Wisam Shamroukh

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I've worked here since I was 18 with my father. It took me two years to make the first bottle [filled with layers of colored sand]. Now it takes me 10 minutes. In all of Palestine, only three or four people do this. It’s like magic. The people getting married like hearts and flowers. Tourists prefer camels. We also sell them with keffiyeh patterns. I can even do people’s portraits for online commissions. Once, Coca Cola ordered 500 in the form of their bottles. I studied interior design in the Polytechnic University, and I hope soon to expand the business to create glassed-in sand murals. - Saad Awawdeh

 

 


Hoh_14.jpegI’m originally from al-Aqaba, Jordan. When I first came to Hebron to visit my family, it was all one taxi ride, no boarders, no crossings. While we were here, the Jordanian army told us to use blue glass in our windows to hide ourselves from rockets in the night. The tanks came, but nothing happened. We stayed until the ’67 war began to subside. When we returned to al-Aqaba, there were two boarder checks. Soon, I came back to Hebron, and now I have a shop in the Old City. I use recycled glass and old fuel from people’s cars. My uncle did this work, and when I visited his factory, I would collect broken pieces of glass and clean things. When the workers left for lunch, I would try to do a little. My uncle would shout at me “Ard! Don’t do that! It’s dangerous!” I started to sleep at the factory, so I could stoke the ovens and move the pieces from the big oven to the little one. I would work in the night. I would burn myself so much; the glass was like water. The next day, I would watch carefully to fix my mistakes. One day, I made a vase and everyone was shocked. My uncle said “When! Where! How!” The factory made just three or four designs, but while I was falling asleep I would think up many more. The people began to ask for the new ones. Believe me, 90% of the designs in this city are mine–– I have at least 850. I started from nothing. 70 degrees below nothing! I’ve done this work for 47 years now and have been professionally certified in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, and Jordan. I’ve been all over the world to show others how I work. I even brought my oven all the way to France with me. - Ard Canaan

Hoh_15.jpegI’m 22 years old. I’m a French and English translator, a tour guide, and a teacher of Arabic as a foreign language. In junior high school, I didn’t speak any English. I hated it and the teacher. I would get sent to the back of the class for fighting with her and having side conversations all the time. But in 2010, I had the chance to go to Greece with my theater group. I was feeling down because I only spoke Arabic. I wanted to speak English so badly. There were groups from all over Europe, and I was jealous of the students who could talk to one another. When I came back, I spent a lot of time working on my English and with native speakers at the places where I volunteered. I traveled to the U.S. two years later, and I was so happy I could speak. After, I was keen on learning so much more. I majored in English and minored in French. Then, I took German and Hebrew courses. I feel like languages open horizons that you never even thought of and can be journeys of self-discovery. I learned about what music I like from French, while English opened many work and travel opportunities. They change the way you think too, you know. Now I’ve decided to come back to German, and I want to learn Spanish as well.- Shereen Idais

Hoh_37_Mustafa_Abu_Subeh.jpgI am 48 years old, I am from Hebron and all my life I have been working in shoe making. During the First Intifada, I was imprisoned twice, for the first time in 1988 serving six months and again in 1991 serving 18 months, for my political involvement in Fatah. During my time in prison, I was not able to see my family and I was tortured by the Israeli Authorities. The physical and psychological pressure that the soldiers put on me while in prison was the worst part of my incarceration.
I work from seven in the morning until sunset every day. I do not feel that I have any 'free time'. Any time outside of working is spent looking after my family. I have four children, two daughters and two sons. Three of my children are blind. One of my daughters scored 98 in her high school exams and is now studying English at university. She says that she does not want her vision impairment to stop her from achieving her goals.
Are we occupied, are we free? We don't know. The effects of the occupation are apparent in the marketplaces and the old city. They have turned this city into a strange place. - Mustafa Abu Subeh


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I became interested in science in the eleventh grade. Now, I'm entering my third year of university, studying applied biology-specifically technology and genetic biology. I'm working on two projects: one about bio-gas, in which we develop bacteria to make the fuel more efficient, and another about the effect of salinity on barley seeds. This summer, I'm teaching science experiments at a camp. The vinegar and soda volcanos were very exciting. I read a lot about the brain, and I'd like to get my PhD in biotechnology. Maybe I will become a neurologist. - Hadeel Salah 

 

 

 

 


Hoh_34_Zainab_Sider.jpgI am 7 years old, and I have a big family! My youngest brother is 2 days old. Arabic is my favourite lesson at school, but I enjoy reading and studying other subjects too. I play a lot of games at school, like hopscotch, skipping and hide-and-seek. There are other games that I play at home with my siblings and my cousins, who live nearby. We play with lego and other toys. We don't have a computer in the house, but I think this is a good thing because it means we play more with each other. I prefer winter because I love it when it rains and snows. The food that I like the most is shawarma, maqluba, kanafeh, and pistachios, but I only eat a little of the sweet things. One day my mother was away with the rest of my siblings, and I managed to make coffee for my father without any help! - Zainab Sider


Hoh_33_Ali_Omar.jpgI will be turning 88 very soon. Originally my Family was from Hebron, but I lived and worked in Jerusalem for 10 years. I was in Jerusalem at the time of the Nakba and had to return to Hebron because of the war. I remember Jerusalem before the Nakba, Jewish and Arab Palestinians lived peacefully together. We visited each other, we even invited each other to our weddings. During the time of Jordanian rule in the West Bank I was conscripted to the Jordanian Army. This was common for Palestinian men in the West Bank at the time. As a result of this I had to fight for the Jordanians in the 6 day war. In a battle close to Jericho I suffered a leg injury as a result of the Israeli Airforce’s use of Napalm. I still limp to this day. I started as a street vendor selling stationery in Hebron. Eventually, I was able to rent this shop from the owners and I have been here ever since. I learnt the trade of binding and covering books and had a very successful business from this shop for some time. After a two year curfew was placed on the marketplace by Israeli Occupation, business has drastically declined. My wife and I had 6 children, 3 sons and 3 daughters. Fortunately my daughters are married and live happy lives. I like to tell the younger generation about how things used to be for Palestinians. - Ali Omar Quawasi


Hoh_32_Fatima_Shweiki.jpgI studied graphic design at Polytechnic University in Hebron. I have always loved to work creatively with my hands. After I graduated, I was looking for work on the internet and came across something called paper crafts. I was inspired by other people's creations and slowly began producing my own designs. I received tremendous support and admiration from family and friends, and they convinced me to start my own business. I now have a facebook page, called Alwan Jud (Good Colors), on which I display my creations and receive requests for products. In my daytime job I work as a kindergarten teacher, and I find the work very rewarding. I first began working with kids as a volunteer with the organisation, Happy Homes, which organizes summer and winter camps for children. I think the most important thing is to see the kids educated and happy, and I try to inspire them to discover their creativity and passions in life. In the future, I would like to focus more on teaching arts and handicrafts to the people of Hebron. I have found that I can create something out of nothing, and I think this is a great source of inspiration to draw from. - Fatima Shweiki


Hoh_31_Ahmed_Abu_Hashhash.jpgI work as an English teacher, and I teach primary school students aged 11 - 14. Being a teacher has taught me to feel compassion for my students and to watch the progress of a human in their development during such a sensitive period. In the future, I hope to complete further studies and eventually become a university instructor. I also have a legal translation license. The majority of the cases I translate are about the expansion of the settlements and violations against Palestinian people. My hobbies include playing video games on my PC. At the moment I am playing ‘War Thunder.’ I also enjoy listening to music. I have a huge music collection. I love metal! Some of my favorite bands are Metallica, TOOL, Dream Theatre and A Perfect Circle. I also really like Pink Floyd and I know the Roger Waters is very supportive of the Palestinian people. My love of metal music means I am not a traditional primary school teacher, but I hope I am the coolest teacher! Just like School of Rock, I see myself as the Jack Black of Palestine! I hope Palestinians are able to establish actual unity, that is, we are able to unify our human vision. - Ahmed Abu Hashhash


Hoh_30_Abrar.jpgI am 20 years old and I am studying Civil Engineering at Palestine Polytechnical University. I love reading poetry and learning about everything, because I am naturally curious. When I finish my studies, I would like my own project to work on and to travel to Turkey. 
I like to spend time with older and younger people because I love the innocence of children and the wisdom of older people. I recently watched a film called “I am not Cinderella” and I have been reflecting on it. I know I am not Cinderella. This is because Cinderella allowed her kindness and generosity to provide opportunities for her family to humiliate her. She didn’t try to change her reality. She waited for the Fairy Godmother to change her destiny and the Prince to save her. I won’t wait for that. I don’t want a happy ending, I want a happy life. - Abrar Zahdeh


Hoh_29_Aseel.jpgI work as a field supervisor in an agricultural development association. I coordinate projects with women, schools and farmers often in area C [the area of the West Bank exclusively under Israeli military control]. Recently, we made a shop for women where they can sell clothes and cosmetics. On the upper floor, there is a beauty salon and sewing machines for women to use. The women buy and manage everything themselves. One of the challenges in this work is that there are some areas where we can't really reach people. We want to help, and the people there really need it, but it's forbidden to go there. I work for the people, but I'm not the government, my power is limited. My plan is to get a masters in management. In this way, I can make my own association to address the problems I see. - Aseel Bader


HoH_28_Nofouz.jpgI just graduated from high school this year. I want to study medicine in university to become a paediatrician. I see a lot of kids suffering who deserve the opportunity to shape their lives as they want them to be. When I go to the hospital, I see people just waiting and waiting. I want to help those people in the waiting room. I studied in the U.S. during my junior year. It was a big decision forme, but I loved it. I want to know every single thing about all the places of this world. During my time in the U.S., I tried to impress upon people that we, the Palestinians, are ordinary human beings just trying to live our lives. I want people to know that Palestine is not an ugly place, but a place that you can visit, contrary to how social media and news reports portray it. I also want the international community to come here, because it's hard [for Palestinians] to get permission to travel. For me, being Palestinian gives me a lot of hope. I know I'm a strong person because I fight for life, therefore I think that I deserve to live it. - Nofouz Maswada


Hoh_27_Nadine.jpegAt ten years old, I participated in my first gymnastics championship for the city of Hebron. I won. Then I won a national championship. When I came home from an event in Greece, I began karate too and joined the Palestinian Karate Union. In one to the championships, there were no girls to compete with so they brought a boy. I won and he was so upset. When I first began karate, I got some criticism from my extended family saying it wasn’t feminine enough. But boys and girls can both do any sport if they work on it. If you’re good, society will accept you. Flips are my favorite. Flipping backwards took a long time to learn. There’s one movement everyone thinks is so difficult. You put your chin on the ground and flip your whole body over your head—for me it was easy. I started writing about sports at the end of high school. I still have these little texts because I’d like to write a book called “Challenge, Resistance, and Confrontation.” - Nadine Amro


Hoh_26_Ramid.jpegIn 1943, I was born in the house behind me in Tel Rumeida neighborhood. But now it’s closed. No Palestinians can live in it. Life changed after the closure and became less comfortable. The shops near here were for my sons, the supermarkets and the metal factory. Now it is all closed. 15 people worked in that factory. The military just built a bus station [for Israeli settlers] in front of it. So, if there was any hope of reopening, it’s gone. I have five sons and six daughters—all married except for my youngest daughter. Our family cannot visit us often; it depends on the mood of the soldiers. They closed my house. They closed my shops. They closed my factory. They need us to leave, that’s it. There’s no life here. They’ve took everything. Where is the democracy when my children can’t visit us? They say, “democratic system, democratic system,” but we don’t see that. First the factory, then the shop, then the street. Step by step. They kill us slowly. I’m scared to leave the area, in case something new happens. When the settlers come here, I hear them say “it’s ours.” - Ramid abu Issa


Hoh_25_Mays.jpegIn my childhood, my father worked in the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee, so we always visited the old city. I studied architectural engineering and moved to Germany after graduation. I finished my masters in Hamburg in resource efficiency in architecture and urban planning. I was interested in learning lessons about energy efficiency from the very old architecture of Hebron. At that time, they did not have emissions. The orientation of the buildings and the harmony with the narrow streets helped. In the winter, we all sit together near the heater which strengthens social relationships. It was nice to share how we live and design in Germany. I have a son. We are friends more than mother and son. He speaks Arabic and German very well. I also learned German––a big thing I did. They say in Germany, “life is too short to learn German!” Every New Year’s Eve, they have fireworks and the country celebrates. I feel I am back in the Second Intifada. It’s the kind of joke that makes the heart bleed. It’s the childhood I remember that no one else there lived. I’m sure I’ll be back to Hebron. People always ask, “why don’t you stay here? You have safety and better economic opportunities.” Palestine is not just a place that one lives in, but that we have in our hearts. We cannot separate ourselves. - Mays Qawasmi


Hoh_24_Abd.jpegI study civil engineering. Now I’m taking summer classes and going on trips with my friends and family. I like to read about history and to watch YouTube videos about scientific discoveries. I like to know everything about the world, to hear more than to speak, and to sit with the older people. I don’t like to impose on anyone–we all have different tastes–but the book “So Forgive Me” influenced me the most. In the inside cover my father wrote: “To my son and beloved friend, you must know in life that nothing equals forgiveness.” - Abd Tartori

 

 

 


Hoh_23_Hajar.jpegI am the manager of the design, decoration, and gifts department in this office. The best part is all of the creativity here and sharing in people’s happy movements when we make things for weddings and parties. This place is teaching me to be more creative. In the future, I’d like to design wooden games for children to encourage their creativity and to take them away from the digital world. I have two little children. I'm here from 8am to 4pm, so they’re in daycare. I like to hug them too much and too tight and to do activities like swimming and karate with them to compensate for not being there the whole day. I don’t think it’s right to feel this way, but I’m their mother. Even if all working women feel this pressure, it’s particularly difficult for Arab women because some see our main job as being at home and criticize others who work. Sometimes when I’m done with work and want to do things with my children I have other societal responsibilities, so I can’t decide our own time as I like. - Hajar Abu Rmeileh


Hoh_Radi.jpegI've sold tamarind juice for 12 years. I only drink one cup a day. It’s a Syrian tradition, and therefore one of ours from before there were borders. We try to keep the tradition alive. I like interacting with the people– they feel good when they see us. I have two boys and one girl. I don't have any hobbies. I’m working hard to make my children happy and to prevent this future for them. - Radi Me’Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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I’ve been a blacksmith for 43 years. I left school to learn in the shop of a famous old man. My parents didn’t know. It the past, you would work with your hands and use fire from coal and old car oil. With technology, it’s cleaner, easier, and more comfortable. In my house even my bed is metal, along with the vanity and the tables. I specialize in fire escapes—up to ten stories tall. Usually you need an engineer, but I can do it on my own. My sons and I have worked at the Polytechnic University, many schools in Ramallah, and made windows, stairs, and doors for the UNRWA refugee camp there. If you go directly to Ramallah from Hebron it takes 45 minutes but the soldiers’ road closures and checkpoints add an extra few hours. We have to wake up at 4am to be there at 7 or 8. It takes energy from you. - Adel Karaki


Hoh_20_Amal.jpegWhen I was young, I would close my eyes and imagine going to the library and seeing books with my name. Now, I’ve written many books and I want to write more. The first book was “How to Read in Two Weeks,” the second “Creative Thinking,” the third about math, and the forth, about improving mental abilities, is in publication. I’ve been a teacher for 17 years. Before, I taught my sisters, brothers, and sons. If you teach Arabic in a suitable way it’s very easy. The school books are difficult. So, I use my own method. I teach students a few letters and make words from these. If you teach the students all the letters at once they will forget them, but if you teach them how to read they will not forget. So, I add just a few letters every lesson and continue. Many students’ families think they can’t learn and are surprised and happy. The students catch my clothes and say, “I can read Miss, let me read.” - Amal al-Jopehi


Hoh_19_Abed.jpegI’ve been a mechanic since I was 16. Usually mechanics work with different types of cars, but I work especially with Mercedes, because they are more complicated. They’re strong and good for our mountainous streets. Even though I didn’t go to university, I can fix any problem and understand the computers in the newer cars––even types I haven’t worked with before, because I follow the technology closely. Though Mercedes is German and we are Palestinian, we can fix anything. - Abed abu Turky

 

 


 

Hoh_18_Aysha.jpegI’m 13 years old. I live in Tel Rumeida neighborhood. I like arm wrestling with my friends. I always win. I usually choose the weak ones and work my way up. The most important part of my day is going to school together with them. I invite them over to my house to see what life is like here. I want the whole world to know about the situation. My neighbors are Israeli settlers. It makes life difficult. Three days ago, the settlers beat my sister. At the same time, the settlers pressed a machine gun against my leg. In any moment, they could have killed me, so I left and circled around so I could stay close to my sister. I’ve been hit before but never had a machine gun so close to shooting me. Now I’m okay. This is life. - Aysha al-Azzeh 


Hoh_17_Rula.jpegI helped establish a new forum which aims to grow the culture of cleanness and beauty in Hebron. We are a group of scholars who give lectures in schools and universities about how to keep our city clean. We visit mothers at their homes to encourage their children not to throw trash in the street. We also help in cleaning the streets. And, we gave the street cleaners a new name, فرسان النظافة, “the clean knights,” to show value and the importance of their role. I always say, if the mayor takes one month of vacation no one will notice, but if the فارس النظافة takes one week, there will be a real disaster. I think it will take a very long time to change the culture, but I have a long breath. - Rula Sharawi

 


Hoh_16_Zainab_.jpegI’m an office manager at a customs clearance and shipping company. I like getting to know many kinds of sites and people, both in Palestine and internationally. I’m also a steering committee member of Amideast, Hebron [an international culture and language non-profit]. And, I was a leader of a hiking group which made tours around the West Bank. We shed light on forgotten religious places and unknown natural places. In the countryside of Hebron, there is an underground Roman palace that people don’t know of! People outside of Hebron think women here are just housewives. The truth is, there are many examples of women who are very successful and who do much for their businesses and for society. Some people think that woman can only be teachers, but I break the rules. I work with only men. But more women are starting to work and to continue their studies. Even women who are married are restarting school. I hope my daughter can do what she wants without these old rules. She has her own choices to make. I hope she can travel and make her dreams true. - Zainab Shammas


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