'Azzun 'Atma, Eliyahu Crossing, Falamiya, Habla, Jayyus, Mon 29.10.12, Morning

Observers: 
Dafna S., Nina S. (reporting), Translator: Charles K
Oct-29-2012
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Morning

 

 

06:00  'Azzun 'Atma – The checkpoint is practically empty, there are many people outside who’ve already crossed but there’s no line and whoever arrives crosses immediately.  The soldiers say fewer people crossed today.  Apparently the holiday is continuing, though wherever we asked we were told the holiday was over but some extend their vacation, like the son of an acquaintance from Jayyus whom we visited at home to buy olive oil; the son and his family were still on vacation and planned to return to Ramallah only this afternoon.

 

Six people stand beyond the gate arguing with a female soldier.  They’re trying to get their IDs back, which were confiscated because they’d earlier been caught coming through holes in the fence.  The soldier insists that the IDs will be returned only at 07:00.  There are apparently a fair number of people trying to go through the holes in the fence; while we were at the checkpoint soldiers went along the fence “hunting” people crossing illegally.

 

IDs were confiscated from those who were caught and they had to “sit in the corner” for an hour or more before having them returned.

 

07:00  Habla – The gate was being opened when we arrived; we met Nur and Sna’it who’d decided to go on a shift but didn’t coordinate it with "scheduling".  We left them there and drove on.

 

07:20  Eliyahu gate – Two cars being inspected; dogs on site, no one was waiting on the pedestrian line.

 

07:44  Falamya – The crossing is quiet, a tractor and driver cross quickly.  The air is clean after the rain; there are people everywhere picking olives and pruning the groves.  The za’atar fields are becoming  greener; the atmosphere is calm.

 

In Jayyus we were told that the north Jayyus checkpoint is open between 06:00 and 07:00.  We’ll try to go there next week.  In the afternoon it’s open from 13:00 to 14:00.

In Jayyus we were told that the north Jayyus checkpoint is open between 06:00 and 07:00.  We’ll try to go there next week.  In the afternoon it’s open from 13:00 to 14:00.