'Azzun 'Atma, Sun 26.10.08, Morning

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Edna K., Inbal R. (reporting) Translation: Galia S.


The workers left for a week of work in Israel after waiting a long time at the checkpoint. However, we didn't observe any unusual behavior on the part of the soldiers like deliberate delays, shouting or beating.

Azzun Atme

05:45 – 06:50 – When we arrive, tens of workers have still been waiting for inspection. We cannot cross to the other side and count them. According to our estimate, the rate of passage is about 180 workers per hour. Edna asks the checkpoint commander to open an additional inspection lane. As expected, the answer is negative, but 10 minutes later another lane is opened and the line moves a little faster.

In the few cases we witnessed a dialogue between the soldiers and the Palestinians, the soldiers' response is matter-of-fact.

When we leave, fewer workers are left at the checkpoint.