Jaba (Lil), Qalandiya, Sun 28.4.13, Afternoon

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Roni Hammermann and Tamar Fleishman (reporting)

Translation: Ruth Fleishman


Being a healthy Palestinian is hard. It's much harder to be an ill Palestinian.


A man from Tul Karem, while in deep agony, was taken from one stretcher to the other, from the Jerusalem ambulance to the West Bank ambulance which would take him back home.

The paramedic said that he had a complicated fracture in his thigh, that Makased hospital, where he was admitted, had decided to send him home and that in a month's time and after assessments of the odds and risks, it would be decided whether to operate.

It took two hours for the ambulance to arrive from Tulkarm at Qalandiya, now this man would have to go through a two hour drive until reaching home. In one month he will once again go to Jerusalem, this time to hear what the doctors had decided, another two hour drive, again being moved from one stretcher to the other, from one ambulance to another.

Being a healthy Palestinian is hard. It's much harder to be an ill Palestinian.


And in the meanwhile, a young Palestinian lad caught in Jerusalem without a GSS permit was brought to the police station. The hunters called for a police vehicle and once it arrived the lad was place in it and they drove away.

On the same topic: Ayman, the coffee stand owner on the Palestinian side of the checkpoint, had begun to serve a sentence of five months imprisonment. Two years ago he was caught working at Mahne-Yehuda market with a fake ID.


The shift change at the soldiers' inspection post caused everything to freeze over for several long minutes:

At first the soldiers who finished their shift took off their bulletproof vests, then the new soldiers put the vests on, they sipped some Coca-Cola, moved the chairs around, conversed among themselves in peace, as though the tens of people waiting on the other side of the windows and walls didn't exist.

And the intercom system that is supposed to be used as means of communication between the Palestinians and the soldiers has been out of service for years.


Jaba checkpoint:

Omer, the guard at the top popped out his head from the window in the tower and started cursing us, and the three soldiers manning the post below said it would be a while till be could say "good riddance" to him.

The checkpoint commander and his two soldiers said that they were saving the lives of the Jews that might by mistake drive on to Qalandiya or Ramallah, and that: "it is very dangerous here(at the checkpoint), a couple of weeks ago a suspicious package was found here".

They weren't there when the package was found. They were told about it.