'Anata, Qalandiya, Thu 8.5.08, Morning
expected, there were very few people passing through the checkpoint because of
the closure. We noticed that the
woman soldier in the outside office directed people to the
we arrived there was very little traffic and so there was just one checking
point for each of the two lanes.
The younger schoolchildren had already left and there were a few high
the cars were thoroughly checked.
There were the usual number of soldiers so, because of the light traffic,
some had the time to chat with us – and one young soldier explained very
seriously how he did not mind spending the holiday this way as he was protecting
7.45 the car traffic suddenly built up at which point the officer in charge
quickly assigned soldiers to the ‘duplicate’ checking points so as to speed up
spoke to him about the usual traffic jam he said this was because it was
impossible to widen the road to make more lanes because property on either side
was privately owned.