Fraktalgränser IV: Åter till Qalandia

Nu har jag läst klart Weizman’s Hollow Land från pärm till pärm. Då inser jag att han även skriver om gränskontrollen vid Qalandia, som jag skrev om häromdagen. Jag postar citatet och den bild som Weizman återger i boken, som en arkivåtgärd.

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The upgrade of the Qalandia terminal crossing, which connects (or rather disconnects) Jerusalem from Ramallah, was completed, according to the principles of the Spiegel plan, at the end of 2005. The new system includes a labyrinth of
iron fences that chatillels passengers en route to Jerusalem via a series of turnstiles. All commuters must go through five stages: the first set of turnstiles, the X-ray gates, the second set of turnstiles, the inspection booth and an X-ray machine for the bags. The entire process ins captured by a dense network of cameras, and the åpassenger is given instructions via loudpseakers. From their protected booths, Israeli security personnel operate the revolving gates remotely, regulating the rate of passenger flow. The inspection booths are encased in bulletproof glass. The glass is so thick that it tends to reflect the outside light rather than letting it through, thereby obscuring the security personnel inside, and effectively functioning as a one-way mirror. Palestinians must insert heir identity cards and travel permits into a small slot under the windows. Communication takes place through push-button speakers. Still in the process of installation, new detectors operated by biometric cards will eventually make even this minimal interaction redundant. After crossing this checkpoint, the passenger is allowed through another turnstile. After crossing this checkpoint, the passenger is allowed through another turnstile sign mockingly greets in Hebrew, Arabic and English: ‘The Hope of Us All’. Some Israeli anti­ occupation activists have sprayed on it the words ‘Abeit Macht Frei’. (151-152)

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