Coming back throughKalandia Check we were met with a queue of people waiting to go through the one gap open. We stood for approx 30 minutes when a young Israeli Occupation Soldier came out his box for a smoke.
NOW ACCORDING TO ALL THE ISRAELI NEWSPAPERS HERE, THE SOLDIERS ARE NOT DRINKING, SMOKING, OR EATING IN FRONT OF PALESTINIANS. What a joke that is. Here he is smoking away in front of them and drinking.
We shouted 'YALA, YALA' at him. That means hurry up. As they seem to be worried what Internationals are saying about them now, suddenly another gap opened to let people through.
We eventually made our way through the turnstyle, put our things through the disgusting machine they have. I must admit I lost my temper with him, and called him a bag of shit. He took offence at that - do not know why, because he was and he told me to go into the small room to be interviewed by the Police. Everyone else came in with me, which makes it easier. Sometimes if there is just one person they will detain you, but when there is more they sometimes cannot be annoyed. All of a sudden when the policeman came through Caroline turned and said to him 'I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU DO THIS TO TOURISTS, YOU ASK US TO COME ON HOLIDAY AND WHEN WE DO WE GET MET WITH A RUDE YOUNG MAN'. It was hilarious, so we were soon on our way to Jerusalem.
As for checkpoints being made easier - FORGET IT.