Habla Checkpoint (1393)
Opening Hours: 13:15 to 14:15
13:10. We arrived early. 3 persons are waiting in the shed. They claim that the soldiers open the gate “depending on them” – i.e. when they themselves arrive, between 13:00 to 13:30.
13:15 The soldiers arrive. A. comes to organize the people intending to pass and tells us that the agricultural gates have been opened but that they don’t allow children to pass. At Ras a Tira they open the gate at 08:30 in the morning, and in the evening too.
13:18 The entry gate to Habla is opened. The persons passing are checked near the gate, not in the checking shed, which isn’t manned today. The flow of persons passing is very scarce today, but there are also motorized vehicles.
According to the soldiers the gate at Ras a Tira is opened at 09:20 and in the afternoon at 16:00. They confirm that children are not allowed to pass on for the olive picking unless permits have been arranged for them. The pedestrians and the vehicles pass all the time at a very slow pace. Next to us sits a beautiful charming, smiling young woman. She tells us that she is a teacher from the neighboring Bedouin tribe, Arb Al-Ramadan, and that she is returning home after a day’s work.
14:05 There is nobody left.
14:10 The gates are being shut