Qalandiya - A physician responsible for a very sick woman’s survival was not allowed to pass
On the International Holocaust Memorial Day – no comparison intended – amidst the barbed wire and concrete barriers, in a reality of selections of people disappearing as if they did not exist –
A motionless body of a woman on artificial ventilation was swung and transferred between two ambulances in the middle of the vehicular checkpoint.
A medical team from the West Bank brought the woman and a medical team from East Jerusalem received her.
As this back-to-back procedure was concluded, armed military and civilian personnel rummaged through the woman’s belongings, and only when satisfied that the woman and her luggage would not jeopardize the security of the State of Israel was the ambulance allowed to drive her away.
A West Bank physician responsible for the ventilation machine’s orderly function and the woman’s survival accompanied her but was not allowed to continue looking after beyond the Qalandiya Checkpoint and had to leave her and turn back. Why??
- Because as I have said and written and yelled dozens if not hundreds of times, in this place human lives are not top priority. First come procedures according to which – and only according to them – this place is run. And whoever has not equipped themselves in advance with the proper permits to cross the line between here and there is not permitted to continue saving the life of her, she who has come from “there”.
Near the refugee camp, among old and new acquaintances, a restless man whom I’ve known for a long time told me that on Saturday night his cousin Sami was driving with some friends. Near the Etzyon settler-colony bloc soldiers stopped their car, inspected the IDs of all the passengers, and after a while returned them – to all except Sami, whom they ordered to get out of the car, shackled him and took him without any explanation why, for how long, or where.
Ever since Sami has disappeared/been kidnapped, the family is going berserk and has no idea what has happened to him.
I connected Sami’s cousin with the Center for the Safety of the Individual who promised to act and inform the family. Time will tell.