Irtah (Sha'ar Efrayim), Jubara (Kafriat), Wed 11.8.10, Morning
Translation: Suzanne O.
There is no queue to enter, on the exit to Israel side there are very few people.
The 'story' of the locked gate:
Two weeks ago the lock on the gate to Jubara was broken. Yesterday I contacted the DCO Ephraim to find out the situation and was told that the lock had been changed. When we got to the gate we indeed saw a shiny new lock, however, we were told at the roadblock that the lock is not under their authority but under that of the Brigade and they will shortly arrive with the key. And indeed a Brigade jeep arrived. But then we were told by the roadblock commander (who was very helpful all the time) that he had not been left a key, however, we were given a permit to use the security road to get to the entrance gate to Jubara 753.
We drove there and got to an enhanced gate with a number of soldiers and no one at the entrance. When we asked the soldiers why, it appears it is because it is the first day of Ramadan.
The road to Jenin
We drove by Anabta - empty, we bought some figs.
We drove by Dir Sharf/Hachaviot - empty; the road to Jenin is open, there is no roadblock, there are soldiers at the side of the road and cars drive along in both directions. When we asked if we too could use the road they answered: "With pleasure".