'Anabta, Falamiya, Kufr Jammal
Falamya CP, Kufr Jammal, Beit Lid, 'Anabta CP,
. At its side are some other buildings
with large glass windows in the front.under construction It will apparently become a
restaurant or a wedding hall.
09:45 Jayyus. The village is quiet, hardly anyone outside. Not even
the army. From there we go to Falamya CP. The gate is locked. Three soldiers
are inside; one approaches us and greets us
pleasantly. "The CP opens at 07:00 and stays open all day". So why
is it closed now? "They are throwing stones in Jayyus". "We were
just there", we say, "and it was quiet". Here the girl-soldier
intervenes, in a provoking tone we are familar with. "Where do you
live?", she asks. "In Tel Aviv. Where did you think?". "Over
there", she points to the Palestinian village. Ha ha
10:15 KufrJammal. A group of people are huddled in a small store. They say the
village is living its quiet life. Last night soldiers entered, but
then just left. They attribute the quiet to the neighboring
settlement, Sal'it, whose residents leave them alone. This kind of
reality, rare in the West Bank, also exists in Jurish. They too
enjoy relative quiet because their neighboring settlement, Migdalim,
do not harass them. It is sad to realize again how dependent the
Palestinians are on the good will (in these few cases) or bad (more
frequent) of their neighbors the occupiers. How do the villagers
make their living? Those with permits leave at 03:00 to Qalqilya,
hoping to pass Eyal CP in time for work. Others, with plots of
vegetables and herbs, have permits to reach their land daily through
Falamya CP. Olive harvesting, on the other hand, is limited to one
month a year.
As we exit Kufr Jammal, we see Sal'it on the neighboring hill. It
is expanding: we see 5 buildings under construction on the hillside.
Who, exactly, owns the land on which these nice and not harassing
neighbors are building?
11:00 Beit Lid. At this time of day the stores are closed, and no
people are outside. But there's a new school in town, in the center
of which is a fine basketball yard. Next to it there is a decorated
building for parties and weddings. Modest signs of relative
11:15 'Anabta (Einav) CP. Open. Cars go back and forth unhindered.
We do a u-turn, three miltary policewomen ignore us.
12:00 Back to Rosh Ha'Ayin