Hebron: What is life like under occupation? | TV shows

Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. GMT

“I’m coming back to see with my own eyes what has become of this city that made me and my father what we are today.” These are the words of AJ+ main anchor Dena Takruri as she travels through the old city of Hebron in her new documentary ‘How Israeli Apartheid Destroyed My Hometown’.

This personal documentary shows Takruri retracing his father’s footsteps in his family’s hometown in the occupied West Bank. Once a bustling and vibrant cultural center, Palestinians in the Old City of Hebron now suffer harassment and violence among other daily indignities under the ongoing Israeli occupation.

Hebron is the second largest city in the occupied West Bank and is home to more than 30,000 Palestinians under Israeli military control. According to Doctors Without Borders, “it is one of the most restricted areas in the West Bank and has become the epicenter of violence against Palestinian residents”. For Palestinians living there, their daily lives are subject to movement restrictions, permanent checkpoints and increasing digital surveillance.

During his visit, Takruri hears from Palestinians about their experiences as well as from former Israeli soldiers who are now working with Breaking the Silence in an effort to raise awareness and end the occupation.

In this episode of The Stream, we discuss what life under occupation is like for Palestinians in Hebron and the challenges of reporting and speaking out.

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