Jaba (Lil), Qalandiya, Mon 3.6.13, Afternoon
As usual, Qalandiya CP was empty, neglected and filthy, a very unpleasant place to be especially with a brisk wind blowing and the dirt flying. We saw a strong flow of laborers returning home from their day’s work, but only a very few people came to the CP in the afternoon on their way to Jerusalem. These few were all directed to Passageway 4 because the turnstile in Passageway 1 was out of order. Despite that, the soldiers in Passageway 1 continued to sit in their “aquarium” with nothing to do and didn’t open an alternative passageway. But, as we said, there were so few people at the CP that this really had no effect on operation of the CP.
On our way back to Jerusalem, at the end of our shift, we passed the Jabba/Lil CP. For the first time in many months we saw a large number of Border Police actively stopping Palestinian vehicles on their way to Ramallah and performing search operations on the vehicles and their passengers, including a sniffer dog operated by a female soldier. We walked over to ask if there was any change in policy and we understood from the soldiers that Monday’s deployment was a one-time affair.