There was this army post there called the Shlomo post, opposite Shlomo Alley. There's an alley leading from that post to the Cave of the Fathers, to the "Cube" as we used to call it on radio code, and that alley was out-of-bounds for Jews. I mean, there are alleys designated only for Palestinians, others only for Jews, to avoid any friction, and there is the main alley leading to the Cave of the Fathers which is divided. Jewish settlers would come there regularly and cross through that alley, which is a 15-meter long passage and then they'd be back in the Jewish alley. So on a regular basis the soldier standing guard at the Shlomo post would tell them not to, that it's forbidden, and they would disregard him.
So what would he do?There was nothing he could do. Legally he has no authority over them. The law requires him to warn them: Guys, you shouldn't. And they go on anyway, and to hell with him.
Say he lodged a complaint with the police, because there's a general command stipulating they must not be present in certain places, so you'd think the police might do something about it. Think anyone would mess with it?I mean, it's not practicable. In Hebron, all over the place, the law is not enforced properly.