Tayasir, Mon 31.3.08, Afternoon

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Daphna B. (2 reports by telephone)
Seriously? Does this make us safer?
Translation: Devorah K.
1. 21:30 Tyasir CP
Two Bedoui women, who live in a stone building three kilometers from the CP, come there in a car driven by the husband of one of them. The CP is already closed but they want to go through to Tubas because their father died an hour ago. The soldiers refuse to open the CP for them. A friend phones me. I call the DCO in Jericho and K. tells me that she will check. After half an hour, she says that she is very sorry but it is impossible to open the CP especially for them. When I try to argue with her that this is an emergency, and it is of the utmost importance to them to say farewell to their father, she turns me over to the spokesperson of the DCO who explains to me how complicated and how impossible it is to open the CP. Yet, the army promised to allow passage in cases of emergency because in the settlements in the north of the Jordan Valley there is no opportunity for medical treatment and what can a person who has a heart attack do?
While we are arguing the spokesperson receives word that the CP was opened and that the women went through. From that moment on, when she was put to shame, she became very hostile toward me and refused to talk to me at all. Later, it turned out that the soldiers had lied. They may have opened the CP but they did not allow the grieving women to go through. I called the DCO again and there was an argument about whether or not they had gone through, with the soldier claiming that Palestinians are lying and that they did indeed go through. A quarter of an hour later, when they still had not been allowed to pass, they were waiting in the cold night, grieving in shock and pain. Now a hummer with officers arrived and threatened them to the effect that if, in another five minutes, they will still be in the area of the CP, they will shoot them. They go back home. The time is midnight.
2. On Friday, 28/3/08,
a Palestinian shepherd was banished with his sheep from land that he owns near the village of Atuf in the eastern part of the Jordan valley. He called Mickey and since then I have been calling the DCO in Jenin (to which he belongs because he lives in Tamun). After two days of clarifications I received the following answer: "The shepherd was banished from that place because he comes too close to the separation fence." But, in the Jordan Valley and particularly in the eastern part of the Jordan Valley, there is no fence!