Jaba (Lil), Qalandiya, Mon 11.10.10, Afternoon

Observers: 
Natanya G. and Phyllis W. (reporting)
Oct-11-2010
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Afternoon

 

15:30, Qalandiya:  There were very few people at the CP in the afternoon, the DCO shed was empty.  There were three active passageways and lines were short.  After half an hour we decided to cross to the Jerusalem side to see what was happening.  We saw that a BP jeep had parked itself on one of the sidewalks and a "crew" of two-three soldiers were selectively stopping Palestinian buses coming from Jerusalem to check the papers of passengers.  A young Palestinian man standing nearby told us that they were looking to arrest Palestinians without proper permits returning from Jerusalem.  We stood to observe the procedure.  When a bus was stopped, Palestinians with green IDs would get off and volunteer their papers to the soldiers while another soldier continued to check the papers of those who remained on board.  After several minutes, all the BP soldiers got into their jeep and drove off.

16:15:  The flow of people to the CP appeared to be increasing but transit was not impeded.

16:40:  One of the passageways was closed, but the remaining two appeared adequate to keep traffic moving.  Lines remained short.

16:50:  We left Qalandiya to return to Jerusalem.  At Lil/Jabba CP traffic was flowing.  Lines were a bit longer at Hizmeh.

17:45:  On my way to Tel Aviv I drove back by Qalandiya.  On the road from Q. to Route 443

I saw that a BP jeep was parked so as to block one lane of traffic at the entrance to the roundabout leading to Atarot Industrial Park.  Two soldiers were standing outside the jeep.  I didn't see them stopping any cars.