Ar-Ram, Jaba (Lil), Qalandiya

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Tamar Fleishman; Translator: Tal H.

  • We arrive quickly. It takes them a long time.
  • “We care about their people more than they do.”
  • If instead of blabbing arrogantly and feeling like the winners in the “who care more” contest, they would look up, they’d see that the Palestinian ambulance that did arrive was being detained about 20 meters away from them.

    When the delay was over, a Palestinian who had been wounded in his head and let in a work accident at a slaughter house in the Atarot industrial zone was transferred from an Israeli ambulance to a Palestinian Red Crescent one.


    Outside the military gate at A-Ram, soldiers maintain order with pointed guns.

    At times they stop a vehicle or a person and check IDs, mostly they do not. They stand near the gate or sit in the new post that has been installed to keep them out of the rain.


    Inside, on the road along the wall, someone wrote his heart’s outcry about a military blockage:



    “Every day, morning and evening, there’s chaos at Jab’a”, say taxi drivers.

    Their chaos is the settlers’ non-chaos.

    Every morning, when settlers drive to Jerusalem by the droves along road 60, and every afternoon when they drive back from Jerusalem on road 60, the army creates a t raffic jam at the entrance to Jab’a checkpoint and delays Palestinian traffic moving towards road 60.

    Pressure at the checkpoint and the fact that Palestinian time is constantly robbed have consequences:

  • Experienced Palestinian who have already had this “experience” change their life routine and avoid getting on their way at these times.
  • Some of those stuck in the traffic jam make a U turn and drive back against the direction of the traffic. If they endanger others or themselves – that does not really interest anyone, after all it’s only Palestinians.
  • What is most important for the system: less Palestinian on road 60 that is free and open for settlers.