Hizma, Jaba (Lil), Qalandiya, Mon 28.12.09, Afternoon

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Natanya G., Phyllis W. (both of us reporting) and a guest
Seriously? Does this make us safer?

15:40:  Atarot:  The line of cars was short.

16:00:  Qalandiya:  There were very few people at the CP during the length of our shift.  There were no lines in the northern shed.  Three passageways were open the whole time, and the number of people waiting in line was generally quite small.

After explaining to our guest (an elderly Hebrew-speaking woman, a foreign resident who holds an Israeli passport) the workings of the CP, we went inside and tried to go through one of the passageways.  We forgot to take into account the serious amount of metal jewelry that our guest was wearing.  When she went through the magnetometer, everything began to ring.  She returned for another try and the ringing started again.  And then the soldier on duty in the booth began to yell at her (in Arabic) to remove her jewelry.  She patiently explained to him that she was unable to remove the jewelry (because of her arthritic bones) and then she remembered that she also had a pacemaker and, actually, was not permitted to go through the magnetic device at all.  The soldiers were completely at a loss, nervously examining their manuals to find out how to deal with such a special case.  They also phoned their officers to ask about procedures.  In the end, our guest found a letter from her doctor confirming the pacemaker and the soldiers allowed her through the CP without further ado.  But the question remains:  what happens to a Palestinian with a pacemaker? 

16:30:  On emerging into the southern square, everything looked much as usual.  The line of cars at Atarot reached almost as far as the turn in the road (ca. 25 vehicles).

16:50:  There were no lines at Qalandiya CP and three passageways were still operating.  As we were on our way to the MachsomWatch meeting, we left Qalandiya to return to Jerusalem.  At Lil/Jabba CP there was a line of 12 cars that was moving slowly.  There were no lines at Hizmeh.