District, Coordination&Liason Hevron

"And David asked the Lord saying: Shall I go up to one of the cities in Judea? And the Lord told him: Go up! And David said: To where shall I go up? And He said: to Hevron!" (Samuel B 2)

Data

The Hevron District Coordination and Liaison Administration stretches from the Gush Etzion Junction in the north to the Meitar Crossing in the south, and from the slopes of the Judean Hills in the east to the Lachish Region in the west.

The District contains one central Palestinian city, Hevron, in addition to Palestinian villages such as Dura and Halhul and 14 Israeli settlements.

History

  • The District is home to the Cave of the Patriarchs, one of the most holy sites to Judaism and Islam, where faithful of both religions pray in complete separation. Faith stipulates that this is the cave where Abraham, father of both religions, is buried.
  • Jewish residential areas are located at the heart of Hevron – a number of Jewish neighborhoods with 500-700 residents. Because of the city's complexity, an agreement unique to Hevron was signed in January 1997, between the then Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the then Chairman of the Palestinian Authority Yasir Arafat. The agreement divided the city into two zones: H1 and H2.
    • H1 – The area under security and civilian control of the Palestinian Authority
    • H2 – The area containing the majority of the Jewish Settlement, in addition to Palestinian residents, with Israeli security control and Palestinian civilian control except for areas with Jewish populations.
  • A foreign observatory force (TIPH) unique to the Jewish Settlement is active in the district. The force is comprised of representatives from 6 different countries.

Unique Operations

  • The Cave of the Patriarchs, holy to both Judaism and Islam. On the Jewish New Year the cave is allocated to Jewish prayers and on Eid al-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice) the cave is allocated to the Palestinians. During the remainder of the year the cave is allocated alternately to Jews and Muslims.
  • The district, especially its southern sector, is characterized by a high level of friction between Israelis and Palestinians due to a lack of population registration which leads to many real estate disputes, especially during the various harvest seasons.
  • The Hevron Coordination and Liaison Administration is responsible for coordinating the transfer of commodities between Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip through the Tarqumiyah Crossing.
  • The Coordination and Liaison Administration operates with 5 Palestinian liaison offices (Hevron, Dura, Yatta, Halhul and Idhna)

Transition Points

  • Tarqumiyah
  • Meitar
  • Metzadot Yehuda
  • 8 agriculture gates

Contact and Access

The Coordination and Liaison Administration is located at the Judea Brigade Regional Base (Har Manoach) near Kiryat Arba with another representation at the Tarqumiyah Crossing

Access:
Lines 160 or 440 from Jerusalem or 440 from Beersheba

Contact:
Hevron Coordination and Liaison Administration Bureau

  • Telephone: 02-9703900
  • Fax: 02-9703904
  • Tarqumiyah Representation – 02-9704602

Days and Hours of Operation

Sunday-Thursday between 8:00-16:30

Hebron

Transition Points