אל ג'יב (גבעת זאב), קלנדיה

Observers: 
Yaara B., Gili K., Ronny P., Marcia L. (Reporting)
15/06/2014
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Morning

05:15 When arrived we immediately saw that the lines stretched out to the parking lot and even the inside area was crowded. At 05:30 all five inspection windows opened and the stream of workers continued to go through the checkpoint . At 05:35, we heard through the microphones that those workers who came from the area of Hebron were not permitted to pass through the checkpoint that day. Obviously, the Civil Authority and the army had decided to carry out “collective punishment” against those Palestinians from Hebron because of the kidnapping of the three young men at the hitch hike place near Hebron. Those workers who were already at the checkpoint had to return home and as a result, they lost a day of work and a day of pay.

 When we were certain that the lines were continuing to move, we left Qalandiya and drove in two cars to the Jib checkpoint at Givat Zeev. Yaara and Gili arrive before us (Ronny and Marcia) and were told that they could not go into the village of Jib. When Ronny arrived, she told the officer that women from MachsomWatch are allowed to cross into the village and that we have been doing so for 13 years. The officer did not argue and allowed us (unhappily) to go through to the village. The passageway through the checkpoint from Jib to Givat Zeev was long, but the workers, who were used to the conditions, stood in line patiently, even when the line moved very slowly. Although one of the men worked in the gas station situated immediately as one left the exit of the checkpoint, he had to wait in line for a very long time. The four of us also had to stand in line for almost half an hour until we were able to go through the inspection. At the exit, the officer in charge of the checkpoint complained that we disturb the work of the police. We left Jib at 7:40.