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  • Ali Obertubbesing 1:42 pm on June 24, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: checkpoint, idf, jerusalem, , peace-building logostics, Qualandia, restrictions,   

    Unforgettable 

    June 6, 2011

                Today was a very crazy day. When I got to the office, I sat down at my desk and began checking emails, and then Claire called that she had to go to Jerusalem for visa interviews. She asked if I wanted to go. I said absolutely!  It is not that far to Jerusalem from Ramallah, about 16 km, but the journey was an experience I will never forget. To get into the city, I had to go through Qalandia checkpoint. As we were approaching the checkpoint, Claire was saying that she hoped there was no trouble, but as we got closer, she said it looked like there had recently been some activity because everything was blackened from burning tires. Then I saw the checkpoint. Now, I’m not really sure what I expected, but it wasn’t what I saw. There is a massive concrete wall topped by coils of barbed wire.

                                                                              Part of the wall and a watch tower near Qalandia (More …)

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    • Jennifer Carignan 5:49 pm on June 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow, what an incredible experience. As you say, it’s one thing to hear about this environment on the news, but experiencing it must be fascinating (and maybe frightening) on a completely different level. Thank you for sharing!

  • Ali Obertubbesing 9:06 am on June 18, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: ben gurion airport, first thoughts, idf, , passport control   

    And so, it begins. 

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