Qalandiya

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Tamar Fleishman; Translator: Tal H.
Feb-12-2017
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Afternoon

Iman is the first and only Palestinian woman-ambulance-driver.

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I have great respect for Iman. Much more than my respect for women-tank operators, pilots, sniffer dog-trainers or field-intelligence lookouts and the like who are sure they have broken the gender block by being more manly than men, and their job the work of killing and oppression.

The one and only special Iman is simply being herself, doing the job she chose to do without slogans.

(For the sake of proportion it is important to mention that in all of Israel there are three women-ambulance-drivers).

Iman is also very resourceful, and when a patient passed from ambulance to ambulance cringed away from a womanly hand, Iman showed him that her hands are gloved so their touch is no breaking of religious mores.

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Nothing good will come of the netted extra story that has grown on the top of the pillbox post overlooking the refugee camp.

The army’s innovations are always bad news for Palestinians.

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