Making a life alongside soldiers, settlers and ‘sterilised’ streets: Zidane’s story

By EA Marian.

Hebron is the largest city in the West Bank and is often described as the most tense, due to the close juxtaposition of Palestinian residents and Israeli settlers. Human Rights Watch describe the city as a “microcosm of the devastating impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on civilians.” Hebron is an area of deep historical and religious significance to both Jews and Muslims, home to the Tomb of the Patriarchs and the Ibrahimi Mosque. However, whilst Hebron’s Israeli settlers are protected by a strong military presence, Palestinians face heavy restrictions on their freedom of movement and ongoing violence with little or no recourse to justice. Here EA Marian meets Zidane, one of the only remaining Palestinian residents on the once-bustling centre of Shuhada Street, to hear how he maintains hope and continues to work for justice, despite everything.

We spoke to fifty year old Zidane Al-Sharabati at his home on Shuhada Street in the H2 area of Hebron in the occupied West Bank. Born and raised in this house, he now lives here with his wife and five children, ranging in age from 6 to 18 years old. 

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