Ar-Ram, Jaba (Lil), Qalandiya, Sun 13.1.13, Afternoon
Translating: Ruth Fleishma
People said that four army busses transported those who had been evicted from Bab-El-Shams, approximately a hundred and fifty people. Those who had been evicted stayed at the site and held a protest for two hours. The Israeli authorities defined the eviction as "non-violent". The results of this non-violence can be seen in following link:
By the square that stood bare under the pleasant winter sun I was invited to join a group of young people. They talked about Ahmed who had been arrested ten days previously and had yet to return: "They just take the ones that are easy to catch and not those that actually throw stones", they talked about how hard it was to make a living, about the idleness that had been forced on them, about the despair, they also spoke of Igal from Beit-El who is responsible for the confiscation of the property of stand owners who don't have a business license (the area is part of the jurisdiction of the municipality of Jerusalem), of arrests, of interrogations and prison: "Do you know room number twenty at the Russian Compound?- it’s the worst", said a young man who talked about an interrogation that went on for two weeks in that awful room, where they tied him to the chair with his hands and legs cuffed and his eyes veiled, and when he asked to see a doctor for the pain he was in, they said they would agree only if he confessed to shooting at the checkpoint. A witness that had been convicted and was already serving a sentence of six years was brought in to incriminate him. And now, a year after he had finished doing his time, he has yet to restore his life.
A New Post Across from the Entrance to Ar-Ram.
Three soldiers at the site said that their job was to defend the entrance to the base Rama (after a rifle had been taken from the guard's post) and shoot at those throwing stones on military vehicles.
And so, a wall defends a wall, a post guards a post and shielded military vehicles need human guards armed with rifles and grenades.
Two trainers and a dog were practicing on Palestinian vehicles.
The soldiers crossed the road and said it was alright by them if I took photos as long as I didn't take one of their faces.
But I won't make any settlements with the army. I remained on the other side of the road. Far away but free.
From there I saw the two trainers signaling the soldiers which of the vehicles to stop, I saw the passengers being taken out, their IDs taken as they were told to stand back, then the dog was led to the car, it walked around it, sniffed, from time to time it jumped and placed it's paws on the cars, at times it found what had been planted for it, and at the end of the round the trainer rewarded the dog with signs of affection and put it back in the unit vehicle- until the next car arrived.