'Anabta, Beit Iba, Jit, Jubara (Kafriat), Tue 20.11.07, Afternoon
13:45 Jubara checkpoint
Strong rain. The gate is closed with plastic chains. True, we had received permission to enter but we could not cut the chains. It was locked from inside.
No line at the entrance, about 10 vehicles at the exit. Quick inspections done by reserve soldiers.
14:30 Beit Iba
The rain continued. A group of taxi drivers complain about the closure of the passage at J'it since this morning. The explanation given us for this at the Hotline was the funeral of a settler who was murdered yesterday near Kedumim. They promise that it will be opened when the funeral is over. We promise that we will check in an hour.
At the passage people are "walking on water." In the paved path to the passage rainwater is flooding down and the people are walking in streams of water. There is construction work going on to pour a floor for the front of the new checkpoint and a huge crane is busy with moving the cement inspection booths 20 meters forward. As of today, there is only a manual checking of ID documents; one line. About 10 vehicles are waiting at the exit. It takes about 10 minutes for a vehicle to go through. At the entrance, a truck carrying a truck which had an accident is detained. The truck has a permit to enter, but the damaged truck being towed does not have a permit, a complicated legal situation which is solved in a quarter of an hour.
A small amount of pressure on the turnstiles, another inspection line is opened. Those being checked are coming from two directions in the stream of water and walking carefully. There is a representative from the DCO there, who came at our request. On the way to the car we meet up with the people from J'it who are still waiting.
The turnoff to J'it and Fundak are forbidden entry. A few taxis are still hanging around. They are still saying that the funeral isn't over.
There is a temporary checkpoint before Fundak. The village is totally closed, only two young settler women are wandering around there in order to show they are in control.