Perfectly serene morning in Qalandiya

Virginia Syvan, Ina Friedman (reporting)

Perfectly serene morning

We arrived at 6:00 a.m. and after a short visit with Abu Ramzi, the bagel seller monitored the smooth and continuous flow of people into the checkpoint building until 7:20.

During the shift, a man approached us asking for our help. He told us that he had had an accident at work. He received compensation from Bituach Leumi and from the factory's insurance policy but, as we understood him, the factory's lawyer took a cut of that sum and his personal lawyer was demanding 20% of what remained. We explained that despite our desire to help, he had essentially come to the wrong address for his particular problem. However, we looked up and gave him phone numbers for Kav LaOved, as well as one of the cards distributed by HaMoked; recommended that he seek counsel with them; and wished him success in his venture.

Our passage through the security check was swift and smooth. On our way out, a policewoman from the Border Police standing in the hall wished us a good morning with a broad smile, which we returned, and continued on our way.