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...
Al Nashshash, Beit Ummar, Etzion DCL, Halhul, Nabi Yunis, Mon 28.11.11, Morning
South of Al-Khadr, served as transit from Bethlehem to Route 60. A concrete block obstruction prevented vehicular traffic from south (Hebron) to Bethlehem and the northern West Bank. A small market developed there to replace the market of Al-Khadr. Taxi ranks on both sides of the obstruction. Usually, no on-site military or police supervision.
7:30 Hussan – People come to the police station to inquire about matters affecting them.
7:45 Al Nashshash – Ditto.
8:00 Etzion DCL – About 50 people waiting on line to obtain a magnetic card. The policeman is at the DCO.
8:30 Beit Ummar – People come to make inquiries about matters involving the police.
9:00 Nabi Yunis – Ditto.
On the way, as usual, a soldier or two scattered along the road, armed and helmeted like on a battlefield. Jeeps and Hummers also peek from fields, vineyards and alongside houses.
An observation balloon floats above Carmei Tzur, and the police also make their contribution: police officers sit in a car bearing civilian plates, lying in wait for cars making an illegal turn north from Halhul. Reminder: 50 meters of a new, wide road have been paved at the northern entrance of Halhul, but people leaving the town are allowed only to turn south. To reach Beit Ummar – half a kilometer to the north – they have to drive two kilometers to the first entrance to Hebron (Nabi Yunis) and then drive back north.
When we drove by we saw that two Palestinian cars had been caught by the police.