Jaba (Lil), Qalandiya, יום ד' 15.4.09, אחה"צ

Observers: 
(Ruti B', Ivon M', Tamar F' (reporting and taking photos
Apr-15-2009
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Afternoon
Seriously? Does this make us safer?

According to section 27 in the Geneva Convention: "Women shall be especially protected against any attack in their honor, in particular against rape, enforced prostitution, or any form of indecent assault".

They are young, hansom, smart, they love each other and they are married. The future seems positive for them. But they are Arabs, and even worse: they are Palestinians- That what destroys their opportunity for a pink future and their and all their chances.

P has a blue ID and is a resident of Jerusalem, and A is a resident of the Occupied Territories. Neither of them is permitted by the "Israeli Civil Law", which is discriminatory, to live under the same roof. They were arrested at Hizmee Checkpoint, in P's car, when they were trying to get to the eastern side of the city, where their home is.

A' was arrested and taken away in a BP jeep. A soldier entered P's car and sat in the driver's seat (an illegal act) and took A under arrest under pretext that he had an person that wasn't allowed in Israeli territory, in his car- although, from this aspect, A' didn't make it into the Israeli territories, and therefore P' wasn't doing anything illegal. It was the foresight of the BP soldiers that got them arrested.

Both vehicles arrived at the BP base at Ar-Ram with both A and P. For some unexplainable reason, the soldier driving P' car bumped in to the base gate from the inside, on the side of the passenger by the driver. The gate was uprooted and P' got hit in the chest while the driver hurt his head.

The whole group stood by both side of the road leading to the base, and waited for the ambulance: A' stood by her husband who was in agony , lying on the right side of the road, the injured soldier sat on the other side with his head between his hands. In spit of the fact that is was clear which of the two was more severely hurt, when the ambulance arrived, it was the soldier that was first attended to. Afterwards they came to help P and both men were taken to the hospital. 

These are the facts that we gathered while there. In the meanwhile the IDF was already working on its cover story: "the soldier stepped on the gas instead of the breaks because the Palestinian made a suspicious move, and the driver thought he was about to attack him".- Ruti heard the soldiers getting their stories straight.

A' wasn't allowed to join her husband: "She's not going to a place where she will be out of your reach", we said to the men in uniforms. But the detective (so we were told) wouldn't allow it, and she was escorted by a female soldier to the interrogation room.

The soldier told her to take off all her close and run a physical inspection on her. When she was sure A' didn't have any explosives in her vagina and that there were no grenades up her bra, she told her she could get dressed. The soldier left the room and the detective entered, he didn't have a uniform on, nor did he had a tag with his name (we know his first name). Isn't it obligatory to have a woman present when another woman is being interrogated? Isn't it possible that her honor might be attacked? 

The interrogator asked A' about what had happened that day and accused her of misbehaving in Hizmee. While conducting the investigation, the detective started telling A' sex stories: he let her know just how good he was in bed, that women stand in line for him, and then offered A' to come with him to a hotel. After all, her husband was in hospital, he wouldn't find out.

After a three hour interrogation during which she went through harsh verbal assault, A' was released, not before she was told to sigh a document, that a copy of which she didn't receive (which is bound by law). Her husband was at Hadasa Ein Karem. The doctors said he might have rapture in his lungs, but his wife couldn't sit by his side.

Doesn't the IDF ethical code, which was composed by prop. Asa Kasher, specify anything about sexual conduct?

 

And now, the report from our shift

Qalandia Checkpoint: Three patrol vehicles of the artillery corps, with the deputy commander as their leader, headed for an armored tour of the refugee camp.

Until that moment the soldier at the top of the pillbox was silent. With all the officers gone, he turned on the loudspeaker and said to Ivon: "right this down".

The bus drivers at the checkpoint wondered by all passenger were taken off, including the elderly and the invalid.

Some passengers in a UN vehicle, refused to step out of the car as they were ordered by the soldiers at the vehicle checkpoint (since this conduct was in contradiction with their work regulations), they weren't allowed to pass and so they were sent back.

 

Jaba/Leel Checkpoint: The soldiers had lists in their hands and checked the passengers in the transits and cabs (they were probably looking for a Bingo)- this caused a delay of 10 minutes in average