'Azzun 'Atma, Sun 5.7.09, Morning

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Yael B., Edna L., Ditza Y., Translator: Charles K.

06:55  ‘Azzun ‘Atma:  About one hundred people are crowded around the exit gate.  One woman is  inspecting and another, who’s also the checkpoint commander, is providing security and helping inspect from time to time.

The inspectors examine the documents carefully.


A settler, waiting for a worker who’s renovating his house, is impatient but, on the other hand, is in favor of the checkpoint, and the humiliating treatment of the Palestinians seems appropriate to him.

He rejects my criticism, saying: “ What do you want, that someone will come through here with explosives?”


A man who’s just come through the gate turns to us:  “Look at what’s going on here, people wait in line for an hour, and the conditions!  I treat my sheep better than they treat people here”.