Qalandiya, Mon 18.10.10, Morning
Qalandiya at 6:30 and found hundreds of desperate people either pushing to get in to the cage or siitting on one of the benches that are still left, with a desolate expression on their faces When we arrived the Humanitarien gate was empty , but it filled up with a long line of students , women, older people and babies with mothers or fathers on their way to get some medical treatment.. and it stayed closed for over 25 min.
The lines moved very slowly and the pushing was unbarable. One youn woman almost fainted and had to be lead away and a small girl was squashed and started screaming and her father who tried to go through the Hum. gate and could not get there, tried calling the DCO officer, who did not listen ,told him to be quiet and a big fight with the policeman errupted. The atmosphere was tense, the waiting long, and it seems that the bottle neck was in the security
checking. I called the DCO man three times, he was very polite and tried to calm me by telling us he works slowly, but he has very little say in what goes on there and the police officer just does not care what these poor peole go through every morning.