'Anabta, Ar-Ras, Azzun, Jubara (Kafriat), Qalqiliya, Mon 12.11.07, Morning
06:30 – There is a very long line of Palestinians who enter Israel for work and, in addition, a long line of cars with Israeli licence plates that enter Israel.
06:35 – There is no line at the entrance to Qalqiliya. Israeli cars stop and the drivers show an entrance permit while Palestinian cars enter without any inspection. At the exit from the city, there is a line of about 12 cars as well as a bus, standing on the roadside, whose passengers are standing next to it, waiting for the soldier to copy their ID numbers. Two additional soldiers are checking outgoing cars, at times asking to see documents and glancing at the trunk and at times gesturing them to pass. Palestinians pass without any inspection, which makes the meticulous documents listing seem strange.
The children who go to school in Kafr Qasim and in Jaljuliya pass the checkpoint and get on their bus.
The bus we have watching for 20 minutes (we didn't see it when it arrived) is released. At the moment, there are only 2 cars on the way out of the city.
The entrance to Azzun is blocked by concrete cubes. A Hummer is parked on the roadside and soldiers stand on the road and let the pedestrians pass.
The red sign announcing that we enter a Palestinian territory forbidding Israelis to enter the area is most conspicuous, but Israeli Arabs are allowed to enter without any restrictions, and they do pass without interruption both for trade and for family visits, which mixed families residing in Nablus and the surrounding area are unable to do.
There is no line at the entrance but at the exit some 19 cars are waiting in line due to the soldiers' interrupted inspection. When the line gets too long to see its end, the soldiers let them pass without inspection.
The taxi drivers are happy because no one has tried to send them away in the last couple of days.
We are greeted by the soldiers who ask us not to forget to close the gate to Jubara after we pass.
At the Schoolchildren Gate (or is it the Flower Gate? What is the accepted name?) The soldiers check 3 "illegals" [in Israel without a residence permit] who reside in Tulkarm. One of them is a crippled youth who returns from Taibe where he tried to do business. Another young man, also limping, was wounded in Taibe (confirmed in writing) and a dumb woman who resides in Tulkarm but most of her family lives in Taibe and she went to visit them. The three of them are checked over the communication system and sent home to Tulkarm in a "Jubara taxi".
Very few cars in both directions. Those that come from Qalqiliya are not checked at all and the cars coming from Tulkarm are briefly glanced at.
We leave, happy not to have encountered the "Blue and White" women today [The Blue and White women are right wing activists].