Habla Checkpoint (1393)

Observers: 
Annlien K., Nura R., Chana P. (reporting); Translator: Judith Green
Sep-18-2017
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Morning
Fenced Habla
Photo: 
Annelien Kisch
Fenced nature
Photo: 
Annelien Kisch
A desperate effort to find a rest at the checkpoint
Photo: 
Annelien Kisch

The gate was supposed to open at 6:15.  We saw the workers gathered together and the cars behind the gate.  The soldiers only arrived at 6:55.  When we questioned this, one of them answered that there had been an "incident";  after another question, he said there had been an explosive device near Tzofin.

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Alternative facts
Photo: 
Annelien Kisch

The soldiers started with the familiar vehicles from the nursery.  At the same time, they passed the workers through in groups of five.  A minibus arrived with teachers who teach in the school in Arab el-Ramadin.  They tell the teachers to get out of the vehicle and stand alongside it in a line.

 

Dawn in Habla
Photo: 
Annelien Kisch

Then the driver takes their ID and hands it to the Military Police for checking.  The soldier then returns the IDs to the driver, 2 at a time, after checking their faces in the photo.  The driver returns them to the women teachers and they return to the minibus.  What humiliation....

At the same time, the students from Arab el-Ramadin arrive at the school in Hablah.  At 7:45 there were still a lot of people.  The soldiers, to speed things up, opened an extra line in which the workers could pass directly to the gate where they were counted.