Fact Finding Mission 1-10 August 2003
Jordan, West Bank, Israel
Entering the West Bank on 5 August introduces us to an environment that contrasts starkly with Jordan's atmosphere of welcome and openness. Our delegation was detained for four hours at the Allenby Bridge while Israeli officials checked us out. We were not the only ones to be delayed, but only Americans were detained while those of other nationalities passed through the entry formalities unimpeded. From this point onward, our progress was punctuated with long waits at checkpoints and impeded by detours and roadblocks. With due respect to Robert Frost, good fences do not make good neighbors. Checkpoints, barriers and the infamous separation fence render 85 % of the Palestinian population prisoners within tiny "bantustanettes." The Palestinians are not merely occupied. They are incarcerated.