Friday, May 05, 2006
Palestinian Cab Drivers
Palestinian cab drivers are amazing. They go through hell to earn a living. Without them, life will pretty much stop. They are creative at finding alternative routes to avoid the checkpoints and to get people where they need to go: university, market, hospital. I always liked how they expressed solidarity with each other by flashing their headlights to oncoming cabs to warn them of a flying checkpoint awaiting to ambush them ahead. For three years, I used these cabs to commute daily between Ramallah and Nabuls. It is very likely that I was driven by Zakariya Daraghmeh, 37, who, yesterday, was shot on a checkpoint while trying to pick up some passengers to feed his children.