I 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.ย 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.ย - Mustafa Abu Subeh

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