Jaba (Lil), Qalandiya, Tue 13.11.12, Afternoon

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Tamar Fleishman

Translating: Ruth Fleishman 



Two days before the Muslim New Year, when the colorful holiday sweets were presented purchase and a day before the beginning of the murderous attack on Gaza, I had coffee with Thaer, a student from Bir-Zeit University. It wasn't easy for Thaer to trust and befriend a Jewish woman. His uncle was murdered in the El Aqsa Intifada at Beit Omar. Thaer said that seven bullets punctured his head and his grandfather was also murdered by Israeli soldiers before his birth. "Deaths are a daily matter for us", he said.



A commander spoke about the soldiers' work at the checkpoint:

1.     To prevent Jewish people from driving in the direction of Qalandiya- because it's an A' zone, which is forbidden and dangerous. The young man wasn't actually familiar with the map of the occupied territories and didn't know where the A' zone began and ended, he was also not willing to accept my proposal that we would together look at the map and said: "but there many signs are (leading checkpoint).

2.     To be available and show up in an event of a riot.

3.     To create a "fisher's net" according to the alerts they receive through the radio. That is to stop a vehicles, of a particular color, a particular model and check to see if a particular person who is wanted is inside.

4.     To prevent the transference of weaponry that might be used by terrorists in an attack on Israelis.  


During the entire time I stood across from the checkpoint, between seed cracking and the sipping of juice, the soldiers stopped only vehicles with Palestinian plates, they told them to head to the side of the checkpoint, inspected their papers and the content of their trunk.


The only thing the vehicles had in common was that they were new and extravagant.