If soldiers came to your home and locked you in

Yesterday, at 8:30 in the morning, without warning, the army came into the Zahda family home on the section of Shuhada street near the main checkpoint where Palestinians still have access. The soldiers placed the family, Sami Zahda, his wife, and their two sons, ages three and four, in a back room and took away their pones. The soldiers then welded the front door of the home closed. The family was imprisoned inside. At 4:00 in the afternoon, thanks to pressure from the community – local human rights defenders, international observers and the beginning of a media presence – the army finally unsealed the front door and the family was allowed to leave safely. Many of the homes on Shuhada Street have been passed down for centuries. Hebronites take pride in the ancient history of their city. But, constant harassment from settlers and violence from soldiers is a terrifying force. Families live without protection.