Since 2001 we have observed dozens of army checkpoints on paved and unpaved roads in the West Bank, the Jordan Valley and along the Separation Fence; Civil Administration offices which grant permits to Palestinians; and military courts trying Palestinian prisoners. We stand at the checkpoints observing the behavior of soldiers and Palestinians without interfering, intervening only when soldiers behave offensively to Palestinians. Then we try to speak to the soldiers themselves or telephone...
Abu Dis, Tue 24.4.12, Afternoon
On the way down along the
We wanted to find out what has changed since last year, when the tiny opening of the above checkpoint was closed, and entered the wide open gates of the Convent after parking near the fortified closed CP. A gardener told us he lives in El Azzariya and
Instead of taking his car to the Convent and arriving ten minutes after leaving his house, he now parks it at the Olive Passage and takes a taxi to reach work. More expensive and much longer, but at least he has work. The Convent takes care of his work permit. Two sisters took a little boy who had a head injury into their car and disappeared. Another sister, Sister Theresa, came to talk to us in broken English. It turned out that she is their new “President” – originally from
As we left the Convent a Border Police command car approached accompanying another car with a civil electrician to fix some problem with the turnstiles and door that could not open. We were amused to watch how they fiddled along with the red and green lights and tried in vain to open the door to the checking area and in the end left without accomplishing the job. The soldiers asked whether the electrician wanted them to safeguard his trip back to ‘civilization’, but the man said he would manage by himself.