Qalandiya - It’s procedure

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Tamar Fleishman; Translator: Tal H.

It’s procedure

An ambulance from the West Bank was parked at the northern entrance to the checkpoint compound, waiting for the ambulance supposedly arriving from the opposite direction and carrying a cancer patient that had been treated at the Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem.

They’re returning him to his home in Tul Karm, said the ambulance driver. Poor guy, but there’s nothing to do. It’s all from Allah.

Why does the ambulance coming from Augusta Victoria not go directly to Tul Karm?

-It’s procedure.

Why did the ambulance driver park outside the checkpoint and not inside to shorten the wait? -It’s procedure.

The drive to Tul Karm takes half an hour, said the driver, who after waiting for half an hour was still waiting.

When the ambulance bringing the patient arrived and reached the center of the vehicle checkpoint, only then did a soldier signal to the ambulance driver from Palestine that he was allowed inside the compound.

Why was the dying patient pushed around between stretchers and ambulances in full view of soldiers and guns?

-It’s procedure.


A resident of the Qalandiya refugee camp spoke excitedly about the incursion of Duvdevan soldiers (one of the Israeli army units ‘in charge’ of the Occupied Territories) in one of the camp’s alleys, during which they fired at children playing outside their homes.

No one was injured, he said, but there was a lot of fear. The Duvdevan guys are the worst.

-I know it’s dangerous to mess with them, when they’re around I vanish.

-How do you know they are Duvdevan?

-Soldiers in civilian clothes are Duvdevan.

-When was this?

-At night. Not last night, the one before.