'Azzun, 'Azzun 'Atma, 'Izbet alTabib, Eliyahu Crossing, Habla
The occupation routine, very quiet, the disruption caused by the army in other locations doesn’t seem to have had any effect here. ‘Azzun and ‘Izbet alTabib are open, though a command car is parked at the entrance to ‘Azzun, soldiers standing and chatting. No boys selling coffee at ‘Azzun ‘Atma, which is strange, since we would have expected them all to be here during school vacation. After all, they haven’t gone on holiday to America. The pump is back in Beta, but isn’t operating yet.
06:20 ‘Azzun ‘Atma. Many workers already wait outside, the line is short, moves quickly. Two inspection booths. The wall is already standing; it has only to cross the roads. They’re now paving the path alongside it.
07:00 Habla. No line; people arrive and cross. A little before 08:00, when the line became slightly longer, people crossed quickly as well, though one MP decided he had to inspect IDs again after people had already gone through the inspection booth. Why not - after all, he needs something to do. There’s no sign that what’s happening in the occupied territories has overflowed here; everything’s pastoral, the sheep went through led by a shepherd who’s about 12 years old, blonde and cute.
Tales of the pump – apparently there’s progress. The pump was returned to the Palestinians last week and they hope to install it this week, before Ramadan (after cleaning the rust from its storage at the DCL) and obtain a permit to connect it to electricity. Until then they’ll continue to use the diesel pump. We hope it will be working when we come next week. But if so, why did they have to wait four months? Only the god of the occupying army knows the answer.
08:15 We stopped at the Eliyahu checkpoint. We were told Palestinians weren’t allowed this morning to wait at the bus stop, and some had their IDs taken. A number of women, children and youths were waiting there when we arrived; they all got on the bus when it came – they told us they’re from Qalqilya, going to their lands. They didn’t know about any problems this morning.
‘Izbet alTabib – All is quiet and calm; there’s no sign of what the residents had gone through only a few days ago.
‘Azzun – Everything’s calm and quiet here too. The gates are open; a command car is parked at the entrance, soldiers chatting among themselves. Our friend there says the army left and life is back to normal.