Jaba (Lil), Qalandiya, Sun 23.1.11, Afternoon

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Roni Hammermann and Tamar Fleishman (reporting) and two guests

With ambiguity and obscurity, that had become part of the Palestinians' day to day life, the sovereign rules.


Qalandiya checkpoint:

The start of a collective punishment is always known. The end is never clear. With ambiguity and obscurity, that had become part of the Palestinians' day to day life, the sovereign rules.


The passage was closed for about ten minutes. While we waited among the entrapped between the turnstiles, we managed to talk with two residents from the village Ktana, who are employed at the factory "Of Yerushlaim" and that were in a hurry to arrive at Atarot industrial site. We also spoke to a student that was worried he wouldn't arrive on time for his test, but there were many others whose story we couldn't hear.

Everyone knew that we were the reason for this punishment. We were surprised when no one expressed their anger or resent towards us, but greeted us with certain cheerfulness for meeting someone that speaks aloud about what troubles them, they told us stories from their personal experiences from the checkpoint.



The question: "why won't you open the passage before these good people?", which was directed at the soldier in charge of pressing the most important of the checkpoint buttons (the one which locks and opens it), wasn't appreciated, and after ridiculing the phrase "fine people", the soldier bestowed upon us his generosity.




  • When we reached the other side of the checkpoint we witnessed the final stages of a process in which an elder and sick man on oxygen who arrive from Mukased hospital, was taken out of his ambulance and placed in a Palestinian ambulance, which was to take him back to his home in Qalkiliya.

  • A police officer and a BP soldier stood on the road heading to Palestine: when felt the urge, the stopped vehicles, when they didn't feel it, they ignored them. They had a chain of spikes beside them waiting to be placed on the road. We asked what the purpose of this activity was, the like of which we had never witnessed, and they said: "We're looking for suspects".



Jaba checkpoint



"It's a breathing checkpoint!", we learned a new phrase which means: a checkpoint that the Palestinians pass through without many difficulties.


It was dark when we arrived: the place looked like the ghost of a deserted checkpoint, and only the shadows of the soldiers at the post indicated that not only was the checkpoint breathing, but that is was alive and well…

We were told that the fuel tanks had run out, that they were fixing the problem and that the checkpoint would be light again in a few minutes.