Hizma, Jaba (Lil), Qalandiya

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Roni Hammermann and Tamar Fleishman; Guest: Jakob, a Czech doctoral student; Translator: Tal H.

When economy around Qalandiya Checkpoint is blooming, this is a sign tht the army has not raided the merchants for quite a while, and the Jerusalem municipal inspectors have not been around for some time to fine them, confiscate their goods and leave a wasteland behind.


That is the way trade works. Rich men’s trade, like poor men’s trade, blooms only when things are quiet.

When dozens, perhaps hundreds of cars stand in a long waiting line on the road to Jab’a Checkpoint, it is a sign that there is action at the checkpoint.


There was a ‘hot alert’, we were searching for someone, said the sergeant in charge of the soldiers at the checkpoint.

-Did you find that someone?
-And what are those shots we keep hearing here all the time?
-That’s not from here. It’s from A-Ram. Stones are being thrown there, so shots are fired.


When soldiers stop vehicles exiting Hizma Village, it is a sign that the villagers are being heavily harassed again.