Time is Pressing

 

                                       

This morning, 10:30am, the entry line at the central bus station in Jerusalem became very long. The security guard was especially slow. A line of sixteen people, I counted them, was especially impatient: “You think we’ve got all day?” the asked him.

 

 

                      

 

 

 

The photos depict a crowded queue at the (old) Huwwara checkpoint, south of Nablus. The photos were taken in 2006, the top one in March, the bottom in April. The photos are old because I don’t take anymore these kind of photos. Only during my first year at the checkpoints I photographed routine. Nowadays I only photograph unusual events.

 

“The day itself can waste its time waiting by the checkpoint. Time itself stands still there, waiting” (Azmi Bishara, The Checkpoint, Tel Aviv: Bavel press, 2005).

 


  

Click here for a Hebrew version of this post.

 

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