Another Jewish holiday (Succot), another general closure

How to explain how exhausting this all is ??? Now, a ten-day general closure that will make life here very difficult indeed …

This is no way to treat other human beings.

This email came around this evening, just an hour or two before this new general closure was to start:

“General Closure of Judea and Samaria Region [i.e., the West Bank] during the Holiday of Tabernacles. In accordance with Ministry of Defense directives and in light of security assessments, a general closure of Judea and Samaria will commence today, October 12th, 2008 at midnight. The lifting of the closure will be carried out on Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 at midnight, in accordance with security assessments. For the duration of the closure, the passage of those in need of humanitarian and medical aid, as well as other specific requests will be authorized by the District Coordination and Liaison offices. The IDF regards the festival of Tabernacles as a highly sensitive time. Accordingly, the IDF will be on higher alert in order to ensure the safety of the citizens of Israel, while preserving, to the best of its ability, the daily routine of the Palestinian population”.

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