Ar-Ram, Jaba (Lil), Qalandiya, Rafat (Bir Nabala), Tue 24.6.08, Afternoon
16:10 A-Ram Checkpoint
Fortified and empty
16:35 Qalandiya North Parking Lot
Pedestrian crossing – almost deserted. A sense of a prison. They have heightened the fences with gleaming coils.
6:38 – vehicle crossing. A Palestinian ambulance arrives from the direction of Ramallah, and within three minutes passes to the parking lot on the Israeli side, where an ambulance from East Jerusalem is already waiting. Somebody is transferred, and a woman accompanies. The whole process, from arrival at the checkpoint to departure, takes 12 minutes.
17:12 Rafat Checkpoint
(Ruthi and I opted not to expand commentary on that explanation.)
17:50 Qalandiya Checkpoint
A lot of cars at the vehicle checkpoint, waiting in the direction of Israel.
17:55 Jaba Checkpoint
Infrastructure work to make permanent the checkpoint (on the road from Ramallah to Qalandiya North Checkpoint) are proceeding energetically.
Did somebody talk of removing checkpoints?