Hizma, Jaba (Lil), Qalandiya
When we reached Qalandiya CP at about 4:10 PM (after successfully negotiating the traffic jam in the southern square), we found three passageways operating with no lines to speak of. There was a large number of people waiting in the DCO shed, but within 20 minutes all had been called into the DCO offices. People waiting in Passageway 5 (for the DCO), were also allowed to enter. One of the active passageways shut down at about 4:30 PM, but because of the very small number of people no lines developed. There were no special occurrences to report.
We met a peddler boy whom we have often seen at the CP and stopped to talk to him. Judging by his size we thought that he was no more than 8 or 9 years old, but when we asked him his age he replied that he was 14! We hate to think that years of undernourishment are responsible for his state and that it is all tied up with our control of the West Bank and the terrible deprivation it entails for the Palestinian population.
We also met Li-Anne, an intern from the USA volunteering to work with Ir Amim in Jerusalem. She’s a charming girl and we were happy to tell her what we could about the CP and to show her some of the geography of the area.
We left the CP with Li-Anne at 5 PM and returned to Jerusalem via Lil and Hizma CPs. No one was on duty at Lil (but a BP military vehicle was parked at the side of the road not far away) and traffic was flowing briskly at Hizma.