Qalandiya - “The worst of it all are the kids in jail”

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Tamar Fleishman; Translator: Tal H.

The worst of it all are the kids in jail”


As it happens after a forest fire, when the flames die down and out of the scorched earth green grass begins to sprout all over the burnt area, so does the human survival instinct.

In spite of the destruction sown by the representatives of the ruling authority, people return to seek their livelihood in the place where they had been attacked. They have no other choice.

The roundabout that had been assaulted by guns and cranes, where all the improvised shops had been confiscated, has returned to its former look.

  • I was told that the owner of the bus had to pay nearly 8,000 shekels before he could have it back.

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The entire time, all over the site, groups of man-hunters, representatives of the Israeli Border Police and private security firms ambushed workers returning from their worksites, in the hopes of catching those who left for work that morning without the appropriate permits.

  • I do not advise the hunters or their bosses, but it doesn’t seem wise to me – looking for the coin right under the lamp.

“I was released from prison not too long ago”, said some I hadn’t seen for quite a while. It’s not his first time in jail. He was guilty of transporting and bringing into Israel Palestinians with no entry permits.

  • Proper disclosure:

  • I also once hired him for the sake of someone whose daughter was lying in a Jerusalem hospital so that the father could sit next to his lonely daughter there.

Was it terrible? -No, not terrible. We’re already used to this. For us, older guys, it’s a bit like being in camp with friends.

The worst part is the children in jail – 13- and 14-year-olds. For us older guys it’s already a habit, not for them. For them it is terrible even while we, older ones, keep an eye on them and take care of them.