'Anabta, Qalqiliya, Sun 8.2.09, Afternoon
There's a veil of softness in the air today as well as
hillsides, covered in pink and white almond blossom below which
and white, as well as yellow and bright red flowers can be
But the softness is merely a ruse, a hoax to cover the capricious
quirky nature of this cruel Occupation.
A Hummer with a scraper attached drags its way around the
area of the gate that prevents passage for farmers from their homes
their orchards, fields and livelihood. It's after 12:15, the gate
closed, until it opens again several hours later.
A truckload of sheep (a double decker), a truck with a horse
mule, as well as numerous cars, one of which bears the welcome
unlikely "Hebron Technology" advertising painted all over it.
above, well in our sightlines, the two diggers continue their
settlement/colonization atop the pristine white hillside near
As for the checkpoint, of the two soldiers, one is seated, taking
lunch break, the other bothers us with the usual tales of where we
or may not stand. In the empty field alongside the checkpoint four
five cars, some with trunks open or bonnets lifted, one police
one police jeep and a large army vehicle. Stolen
Along the route to Jit and Beit Iba, numerous election posters,
for one of the most nationalistic parties, "National Union" as well
numerous vandalized signposts: every time Nablus appears in English
Arabic, the letters have been painted over or gouged out.
The line of vehicles continues beyond the junction with the
road. But by the time we get to the checkpoint proper, we note
things move, and that not one vehicle is checked. The usual coffee
tells us how long it's been like this, as do some of the usual
drivers. Be that as it may, the line soon gets shorter, as does
line from Tulkarm, which, for once, is shorter than the line to Tulkarm!
15:10 -- the line, according to the soldiers, is now down to
but there's only so much normalcy that the Occupation can stand,
soon after, the soldiers again begin to stop cars and question
Just then, a group of private Israeli cars (yellow
pesters its noisy way past the long line of vehicles waiting
in line. With much ado, the cars are parked on either side of
checkpoint, and a group of six officers, from different
begins to wander around the center of the checkpoint. It looks
this is an outing of four officers with two "guides." The latter
wave their arms and point to the left, point to the right, to
hills which are not filled with the sound of music but with the