Jalud

Observers: 
Nurit P., Pitzy S., Vivi K. (reporting), Nadim (driving). Translator: Charles K.
Jun-1-2016
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Morning
Seriously? Does this make us safer?

Expropriation of land continues.

Two young men on bicycles: arrest – confiscation – fine/ransom:  on the road from Jalloud to Qusra.

How does that contribute to Israel’s security?

We drove to Jalloud because we’d been contacted regarding the theft of agricultural land.

We saw no roadblocks or checkpoints on the way.  Traffic flowed.  Soldiers at Tapuach junction, but no checkpoint.

Jalloud is very quiet.  We met A., who told us that there have been fewer incursions by settlers and incidents of property damage.  On the other hand, expropriation – theft – of land is increasing: more land has been expropriated, between the village and the settlements that have been established around Jalloud.  Anyone coming near the expropriated land t is chased away with rocks or live fire.

We arranged a meeting with the head of the council to verify the information and prepare to transmit it to Yesh Din (today he had to go to Ramallah, where a minister is being appointed).

Last year the road between Qusra and Jalloud was opened.  We could see remnants of large rocks (obstacles?).  Recently two young men riding bicycles were stopped by soldiers on this road.  One was released a day later, the other after three days.  The bicycles were also released after a fine/ransom of a few hundred shekels.  And all for the security of Israel!

We met M. at the grocery in Qusra.  He said the army wasn’t entering the village as often at night.

We notice many industrial buildings under construction in Qusra, which is located in Area B.  The sight of them only makes the appearance of the “frozen” villages in Area C more noteworthy.  Like the children’s game “red light,” restrictions imposed only on certain villages:  they can’t build a house, pave a road, erect a sign.  Only the expanding settlements creep quickly toward them.

Is that how to ensure Israel’s security?