'Anabta, Eliyahu Crossing, Habla, Te'enim Crossing, Wed 4.8.10, Morning
Translation: Suzanne O.
Some 40 people are queuing by the gate. Every 5 minutes a group of 5 exits from the inspection.
We noticed that women were given preferential treatment by the residents.
Complaint: 3 residents from Chabla complained that they had to produce magnetic cards in order to leave the village; however, 2 of them were told that they were 'prohibited' by the Shabak or the police and refused a magnetic card.
They are not aware of who prohibits them or why. One of them is married to an Israeli woman from Jaljulia who is bringing up their three children.
We gave them the telephone numbers of our activists who help those who are denied access.
Some 30 people are queuing under the awning. They exit from the inspection in threes. When asked they told us they had waited an hour and a half to cross. According to some of them, the situation has worsened and the inspections are slower.
The gate is still open and only two Palestinians are queuing: an older person and a youth. Near them are two representatives of the Ecumenical Organisation A.A.P.P., both of them 'priests' (pastors). The woman is South African and the man Swiss. The Palestinian man complained that a soldier had taken his 'permit' away because it was given to him for a crossing that is no longer functioning.
Important information: they told us about a Palestinian village by the name of 'Yanun' not far from Ja'us surrounded by settlements which are conspiring against them all the time. We did not find a place with that name on the map.
News from the residents of A-Sharf - the road to Jenin is open. We saw a considerable amount of traffic in both directions on this road.
The road is open in both directions. There is no queue.
We had a discussion with the commander of the crossing about the opening of the gate to Jubara, the road is barred by 3 barriers, and he suggested that we go to the roadblock on foot or drive to Taibeh and from there to the roadblock by car.
Due to the weather today, we waived the option of walking.