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

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Observers: Nura R., Hanna P. (reporting); Translator: Louise L.

Falamiya North

5:45  We arrived at the closed gate with a hitchhiker who walked up to the checkpoint on her own. Since we didn't have a common language we couldn't find out what she was doing. There were few people and when we asked why, a Hebrew speaking Palestinian told us that many people have given up. They have also stopped coming due to the late hour of return (17:00). The man complained about the barriers and the ongoing occupation: "Over 50 years already. How much can one take?"

When we asked about permits, we were told that there are no problems. Later on more people kept coming. There was no pressure at the crossing. Eleven tractors and one truck passed through.

The soldiers seemed to be more flexible this time. They didn't even open the "cattle path" which has been paved especially for people, and everybody, people and tractors, passed through the main gate. People told their names and ID-numbers to a soldier standing at the gate. He then checked them with a portable magnetometer before they entered with their permits. At the beginning of the day there were few tractors so they let them through with the drivers. Many people arrived in taxis and not on tractors. During the summer vacation we see many students and also some high school pupils.

South Falamiya – Five tractors, one truck and one private car arrived. Suddenly a man riding a horse appeared on his way to the village where he usually goes to get some food after herding the sheep at night.