Hebron-Al Khalil: The Children of Yitzhak (Isaac) and The Children of Ismail (Ismael)

After writing yesterday’s blog post I realized that I had only focused on the cold harsh reality that is Hebron – Al Khalil. This morning I remembered that Beresheet (Genesis) 25:9-10 reads: “And Yitzhak (Isaac) and Ishmael (Ismail) his sons buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre; the field which Abraham purchased of the children of Heth; there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.” With those verses in mind I also recalled that the Hebrew word “Hebron” means to “unite” and/or “friend” and that the Arabic word “Al-Khalil” means “the friend”. I have gone back to review my photos to see if I can find a contemporary reflection of this friendly unity between brothers. After all even until today the children of Yitzhak (Isaac) in Hebron and the children of Ismail (Ismael) in Al Khalil live uneasily in the same place accompanied by the memory that together we are the children of Abraham. Without further commentary this is what I saw:
All photographs for this post are by Isa David-Ben-Rafael and are owned by IsraeLightly

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