Habla, Sun 13.2.11, Afternoon
11:50 Jayyus South-997
We arrived about 5 minutes late, and the gate was already closed - if it had ever been open. A military command car passed and honked. We asked a Palestinian who accompanied us how many people went through this gate during the olive harvest; he estimated about 20 per day.
12:15 Jayyus West
Although we had been told explicitly that this gate does not open in the afternoon, we checked and it was.
open and empty.
The gate is operating. There is movement in both directions: a shepherd and his flock, buses of students, a van with plants and others. A resident of Qalqilya approached us and told us that he and his family own 6 dunam in Wadi Abu Sbin, near Tzofin. For 6 months they have not had a permit even though he works, with a permit, in the nearby nurseries. The fields are registered properly in Tabu, but only during the olive harvest did he get a permit for 3 months, and that is finished. All his attempts at planting until now have failed, because he can't get into his fields. We referred him to the humanitarian hotline.