'Anabta, Azzun, Jit, Jubara (Kafriat), Qalqiliya, Thu 29.11.07, Afternoon
Another day of despair. One of the problems is the passage open to movement.
The road to Azzun through Izbal is still blocked.
The main exit from Azzun is blocked.
The exit from Jenin to road 55 was blocked 4-5 days ago.
2 barriers at Funduk - the exit to 55 and the passage to the village of Kadum.
- is blocked by two soldiers at the area going up to road 60 and 55 in the direction of Jit. (This means that a car which want to get to Jit has to go to Huwarra and from there through the road to Emanuel and then back to road 55, 40-50 kilometres in all. Or they must travel on road 60 and 57 to go up to Beit Lied, down to Zur, to Azun, to go to the south as far as the village of Toleth, north to Qalqiliya and only then to go up to 55.
There are two barricades. Villagers say that there was a curfew between 11-12 probably because they brought in the suspects in the murder of the settler. The driver and the person who carried out the shooting. A man said that his wife and daughters had been forced to go to live with the grandmother because settlers had come to their house in the evening and frightened them. A member of the village committee showed us how besides the new barricades their water pipes had been destroyed. They are angry at what is being done especially as the guilty have been caught.
On the way we see an entrance to the settlement of Shvut Ami which has already been built and the Shabbat area laid out and it does not seem as if anyone has stopped them.
40 cars at the exit from Tulkarm.
A man comes to us and shows us an order of the court from three years ago saying that he is not to be deported from Israel. He says that he came to give money to his sick father and wanted to go back into Israel but was not allowed to do so because he did not have a permit. He lives in Israel with his wife and two children who are Israelis. They are waiting for him on the road to Taibe and he does not know how to let them know that he cannot get through. Later we learn that he comes every week to give money to his father and has never had this problem. In four days time there will be a court case so as to enable him to get a blue ID. But now? The DCO and the authorities do not know what to do with the problem. He refuses to go into the occupied territories…..there is a reason for this probably….and so he will have to spend the night at the checkpoint. This is another case where a person falls between two stools and no one cares. As they told us at the checkpoint, "We have other things to deal with." An hour and a half later he still did not know what to do and we advised him to consult a lawyer.
17.40 A long line at the entrance to Qalqiliya. We left.