בית איבא, Wed 14.5.08, Afternoon
15:40 – No cars in line. We met Sami, who brought us
bottles of oil to sell. He said that at Zaatra and Huwara there is a huge
16:00 – No crowding in the shed. All the turnstiles
are working and traffic is flowing. According to our observation, the wait in
line is about 10 minutes. No detainees.
The checkpoint commander – S. – listens and helps when
necessary. When we first arrived we saw a soldier go up to him and say:
"Did you see that they are standing here?" and the commander
answered, "What do you care?"…
In the humanitarian line there is a blind person. The
commander asks one of those going through to help him, and they go out of the
checkpoint hand in hand. It turns out that the commander is a school principal
in Jerusalem; religious. Warmed our hearts.
16:30 – We left the checkpoint. We didn't see any
reason to remain there.