Falamiya North Checkpoint (914), Falamiya South Checkpoint (935)
Falamiya North Gate 935
The gate was opened at 06:00. Most of the farmers who arrive at this gate are from Kafr Jamal. One of them told us that he is worried about the drought. He grows Hyssop (Za'tar) and the quality if very dependent on rain, and prices accordingly. On our attempt to approach the soldiers we were reprimanded “This is a military zone!” You must move beyond the gate of the interior fence…
A farmer who has a large plot of olive trees approached us. He himself cannot gather all the crop and his wife and sons are “prohibited”. Some of the crop does already fall. He asked several times to get an entry permit for his family but wasn’t answered. We gave him Sylvia’s fax number.
In a phone call to Sylvia she made it clear that in such cases one must approach the Center for the Defence of the Individual, and the information was passed on to the farmer. We hope that he will succeed in advancing the matter, although it is clear that it won’t do any good to the present olive picking season.
All in all 11 tractors and one car arrived. We left at 06:40 and hurried to Falamiya South.
Falamiya South, gate no. 914 was opened at 06:50. There is a small number of people, about 30. The soldiers are tough.One farmer brought the papers of his wife and daughter, but the soldiers made him bring the wife and daughter themselves (woman advances with difficulty, leaning on a stick, but this doesn’t affect the soldier at all, a young and healty guy (19, 20? Years old).
10 tractors and 2 trucks arrived.