Qalandiya

May-28-2003
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Magdalena, Amy, Dina, Rahel
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Ar-Ram: Coming north to Ar-Ram, we notice a checkpoint for traffic
going south at Shuafat. At Ar-Ram the soldiers are friendly with no
complaints where we stand. Vehicular and human traffic running
smoothly. We notice an iron barricade that causes the people
entering to jog, not follow a straight line, about 50 meters from
the checkpoint. This is because of the explosion in which no one
was hurt here at the same time of the explosion at French Hill two
weeks ago. Down below there are two soldiers, little foot traffic
and no one being held.

Qalandya: What a mess! Rubbish everywhere. Cement blocks here and
there. A little barbed wire here and there. Traffic coming in
several directions. At Qalandya North the people waiting in line
are very quiet, and proceed in an orderly fashion without prodding.
Now and then when heads are turned, people who have been refused
entry manage to enter. One young woman came to us crying bitterly
and asked for help. She said she was a student with a permit. We
asked for help for her. After checking her, it was ascertained that
she was not a student and had lied. After she was refused entry
again, and heads were turned, in a blink of an eye she was heading
south!

In the hills toward Tora Bora we saw two soldiers moving about,
apparently looking for illegal entries.

Cars waiting in line for 1 1/2 hours. When we asked the three
soldiers checking what is taking so long, the only answer we
received was not to stand there.

As we left there was an additional checkpoint at the traffic light
that takes you to Neve Yaacov.