Jaba (Lil), Qalandiya, Sun 20.10.13, Afternoon
Translating: Ruth Fleishman
A Bad time for Sick Palestinian Children
It was bad for the nine year old girl who was burning up with fever, and who couldn't be stabilized by the doctors at Ramallah hospital and therefore sent to Augusta Victoria hospital, because: "they have a very good pediatric ward on the third floor", said the ambulance driver. Only after fifty five minutes from the moment the ambulance arrived at the checkpoint, did it pass through to Jerusalem - an unheard of forty minute delay at the entrance to the checkpoint, plus a fifteen minute delay for inspecting the identity of the child, her mother, and the medical crew transporting them to and from the checkpoint and for inspecting their personal belongings.
It was also bad the baby for eleven months who suffered from CF and who due to his condition was sent by the doctors in Jenin hospital to Mukased hospital at East Jerusalem. The DCL found them to be "Kosher", or as they say at the IDF "co-ordinations had been made", meaning that the GSS approved their passage. But the checkpoint soldiers hadn't heard a thing about it and demanded that the ambulance driver, who had already entered the checkpoint with his vehicle, turn around. Then the DCL said "yes" and the soldiers said "no" once again, and only after half an hour of yes and no and phone calls, did the infant pass the checkpoint.
Even though it had all been written before and spoken of, it is still important to repeat and remind: six of the Palestinian hospitals with the best equipment and the most well trained staffs are in East Jerusalem.
For twenty seven long minutes the inspection posts at the checkpoint were deserted of soldiers. When a punishment isn't bound by a time frame, to the person being punished each minute seems to consist more than sixty seconds.
At Jaba checkpoint it was time for the last training session of the dog that was lead by a long leash by a soldier. The dog sniffed and looked around, under and inside the car, while its owner who had his car confiscated for a while, was taken out of it and forced to stand and watch from the side the dog being trained.