'Anabta, Ar-Ras, Azzun, Jit, Qalqiliya, Tue 1.1.08, Morning

Observers: 
Sara K., Shlomit S. (reporting) Translation: Galia S.
01/01/2008
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Morning

  Overall 

A quiet atmosphere of holiday (or depression). Extremely thin traffic of cars on the roads and few people at the checkpoints. Cold weather. Schools are on holiday. Universities and banks are closed, so are shops.

 

The Flowers Gate

 

06:30 – A long line of people, tens of them, are waiting in this freezing cold morning to enter Israel.

 

Qalqiliya checkpoint

 

06:40 – The traffic is streaming. Few cars at the entrance and 3 – 4 cars that pass within minutes at the exit. A taxi including its passengers is detained. A Border Police soldier writes down the details of all the passengers' ID cards. When he is through, he calls one of the passengers sitting inside the cab to come and fetch the documents. (It seems to be too much for him to make a few steps to the cab to give them their documents back and demonstrate some respect to the Palestinians who have been detained).

 

Azzun

 

The entrance to Azzun-Atma is open. Two workers are waiting for transportation at the junction.

 

Jit junction

 

The junction is deserted.

 

Anabta

 

08:40 – At the exit from Tulkarm there are 4 – 5 cars that pass within minutes following a short inspection. Only one car is at the entrance.

 

Ar-Ras

 

09:00 – We have watched 2 – 3 cars passing the checkpoint. It's cold and the soldiers, dressed in coats, are polite. At the Agricultural Gate checkpoint the soldiers make it clear that Israelis are not allowed to go from Ar-Ras checkpoint any further.