In Hebron, we had to pass through gated security to enter the souq (Arab marketplace).
After walking through the marketplace, we came across armed soldiers positioned in the middle of the street. This was a second level of security, something one must cross to get anywhere near the 400 person Israeli settlement. Here, two armed soldiers check passports. In this short interaction, the classes in existence in Hebron rapidly became clear. An Arab man and his son were rebuffed by the soldiers - their Palestinian passports did not allow them to walk any further along the public street.
Our group, with American passports, got scrutiny, but as we were standing there our passport checks were interrupted by furious honking. The soldiers simply stepped aside to allow the Israeli-plated car passage. The driver glared at the group out of his window as he tore off up the road. We continued getting our identification examined by the soldiers while the Palestinian men who’d been denied looked on.