Falamiya North Checkpoint (914), Falamiya South Checkpoint (935)

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Nura R., Chana A, Chana P. (reporting); Translator: Judith Green

Falamiya North

The gate opened at 5:34.  People arrived, some in taxis, some on tractors and also some bicycles.  The harvest is over;  now the work consists of pruning the olive trees and the beginning of the za'atar season.  One man told us the he sometimes enters through Falamiya and sometimes through Sal'it, and sometimes he works in Israel.  Altogether, 13 tractors went through.

Falamiya South

The gate opened at 6:30.  One Palestinian showed us that he was bringing sacks of food for the sheep belonging to the family that one day found themselves on the wrong side of the fence.  Since 2005 they have been separated and some of the family sleeps next to them in a tent.  The rest of the family live in houses in the village of Jayous.

Two minutes before closing time, which was supposed to be 6:45, a tractor arrived.  The gate was still open.  The Military Policewoman approached the gate while the tractor was standing nearby.  She began to close the gate, even though there were 2 minutes left.  The man asked her to let him enter because he has hothouses which he needs to irrigate (----?). The Military Police woman closed the gate and gave a speech to all of us:  How much she gives consideration to the Palestinians, but they need to learn not to arrive at the last minute.  (an educational operation).  Of course, this speech wasted 5 minutes which she had just told us that they were very precious.