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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

WATCH: Life behind the wall - a look at Palestinians' struggle for survival

Badee Dwaik folds himself into a metal turnstile and yells “Guard!”

He lives in the West Bank city of Hebron, cut in half by the Israeli government.

Each day, he has to go through an Israeli checkpoint to get from his home to the city centre.

“Let’s say that I want to go now with you for five minutes,” said Mr Dwaik. “And then I want to get out, then I want to get in, I have to do this.”

About 800 Israeli settlers live in the divided Hebron, compared to more than 200,000 Palestinians. Eighty per cent of the city remains Palestinian, but sector H2 - in the centre of Old Hebron - is under Israeli control.

Whole stretches of Old Hebron are off limits to Palestinians, including part of Shuhada Street, the main commercial artery.

“No life, no business, no driving, no walking, nothing, nothing, nothing for the Palestinians after the soldiers who are present there,” said Mr Dwaik.

“The Palestinians just can walk and be residents in this part of Shuhada street, but the rest of the street, which is the longest part has no life for the Palestinians at all.”

Mr Dwaik, in his mid-forties, has lived in Hebron all his life. He and his friends run the group Human Rights Defenders. Together they try to film Israeli aggression against Palestinians and to document life behind the wall.

Hebron has some of the worst violence against Palestinians in the West Bank, and two incidents stand out from the rest.

In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli-American walked in to the Ibrahimi Mosque and opened fire. He killed 29 people as they were praying.

In 2016, Elor Azaria, an Israeli soldier killed an attacker who was disarmed and lying on the ground. Although he was sentenced to three years in prison, he was released after just nine months. For all the incidents that make the news, there are hundreds of smaller injustices that go unnoticed to most of the world.

Walking with Mr Dwaik near Shuhada Street it takes just minutes for Israeli soldiers to question him.

“This is a humiliating system,” he said. “They want to scare people and to control the situation. They don’t want people to come witness the situation here.”

Mr Dwaik refuses to be intimidated. He is committed to helping show the world what life is really like under Israeli occupation.