After signing an agreement last week with Atlas Corporation, we've begun to work with their existing road and waypoint data for the whole of the West Bank. Our editors in Bethlehem are hard at work organizing and updating the data, and are putting a system in place for coordinating with our field teams around Ramallah, Nablus, and Jenin.
Yesterday a team went to Qalqiliya (west of Nablus, adjacent to the wall with Israel) to get field work initiated there. Boundaries and borders continue to define our work. Mapping Qalqiliya was neither plan A nor plan B, but our intention to get started in the region just north of that area was delayed by the closure of the road and reports of arrests.
One JumpStart employee lives in Hebron but is working at the PCBS office in Ramallah. This morning she was unable to come to work due to the closure of Hebron checkpoints. It's not easy to move around in the West Bank, though we've been fortunate not to have progress hindered tremendously.