Hamra, Tayasir, Tue 20.5.08, Afternoon
14:42 Crossroads – two "blue" policemen stand by a patrol car on the edge of the road, stopping some of the cars for inspection. According to the policeman: "We make a selection here. Whoever is not supposed to be here, will not be here." Indeed, no Palestinian car passes.
14:52 – we drove in the direction of the Allenby Bridge, to a checkpoint before the bridge. Israelis are not allowed through unless they have a special Jordanian visa. This border crossing is for Palestinians who arrive with authorized taxis from East Jerusalem or on buses from Jericho.
On the way to Tayasir Checkpoint, a noticeably large graffiti on the rock: "We Were Here Too."
On the way to Tayasir we see a fire in the thistles around a military camp, hundreds of metres in every direction. The smoke covers the camp and the Bedouin encampment on its approaches. The atmosphere is suffocating. A number of soldiers are extinguishing the fires near the camp. A shepherd explains to us that the Jews are burning straw. We assume that the fire was started by the army.
16:40 Tayasir Checkpoint
17:37 Hamra Checkpoint
18:31 Maale Ephraim Checkpoint