Hizma, Jaba (Lil), Qalandiya

Observers: 
Natanya G. and Phyllis W. (reporting)
29/12/2014
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Afternoon

We discovered that the institutions of higher education in Ramallah and surroundings had taken a two-week break between semesters so that there was a significant decline in pressure at Qalandiya CP, both in the passageways within the CP and in the traffic jams in the southern and northern approach roads.  The candy peddler explained what was happening, saying that business was very weak.  Some of the other peddlers did not even bother coming to work.  Under these conditions the CP operated very efficiently – even the ambulances got through with very little delay.

We ran into trouble “davka” on the road back to Jerusalem via Lil and Hizmeh CPs.  The strip of road between A-Ram and Lil CP runs through a small, narrow canyon whose sides tower about 20 m. above the roadway.  We ran into a traffic jam just as we entered the “canyon” with an IDF vehicle directly behind us.  We noticed some young men on the edge of the cliff above us and wondered what they were doing there.  After a few minutes we heard rocks raining down on the army car behind.  It was a decidedly unpleasant experience, but fortunately nothing hit us (and they were armored).  We heard a shot fired from the car behind and then it pulled out onto the shoulder of the road and drove out of the trap towards Lil CP.  We continued to wait for another half an hour before the jam evaporated and we could continue to Hizmeh.