'Azzun 'Atma, Habla

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Shoshana Z., Nina S. (reporting), Translator: Charles K.


'Azzun 'Atma, Habla



An ordinary day - the occupation routine.


06:10  'Azzun 'Atma.  Many have already crossed; they’re sitting outside around improvised bonfires waiting for their employers.  About 50 people on line, but they’re going through quickly.  We timed one of them – it took him 17 minutes to get through, a speed record.  Newcomers continue to join the line so it doesn’t get any shorter even though they’re going through quickly.  Four detaineesinfo-icon are sitting off to one side; we’re not able to speak with them but the DCO officer who had been there part of the time says some of them were caught going through a hole in the fence (you’ve heard about “an invitation to thieves”?  Here it is), even though they have permits for the seam zone.  He said they’d be detained; it’s not clear what will happen to them later, when their IDs arrive.  They were confiscated by the soldiers in the patrol jeep who caught them; they’re still on patrol.  There are five children selling coffee today; they promised they’d go to school at 07:00.


07:05  Habla.  Few have already crossed; there’s no one at the checkpoint.  Whoever arrives goes through immediately.  Isn’t it amazing how efficient the army is today?  Could it be a new system, or just a lucky day for Palestinians crossing to work in the seam zone?


A constant trickle of people crossing; it increases as the time approaches to close the checkpoint.  The night watchmen return on donkey carts,  and just after 07:00 the school bus from Arab al-Ramadin went through to the school in Habla.  It seems they’ve put the boys and girls together; now there’s only one bus.


07:45  The gatesinfo-icon closed; everyone has gone through.