'Anabta, Ar-Ras, Qalqiliya, Mon 17.3.08, Morning

Ronnie S. Osnat R. Natanya translating.

6.35 Eliyahu crossing.
About 50 workers waiting in the field on the other side of the fence on the road next to the checkpoint. Every 50 seconds a worker comes through, lifting his coat and waits for his papers to be checked.

6.40 Qalqiliya.
No lines and very quiet. Hardly any checking  maybe just a question. Sometimes cars are carefully checked including the baggage compartment and the motor especially at the entrance.  At Azzun the main entrance is blocked. No army presence.

9.25 Anabta.
No lines and little checking. Here and at Ar-Ras we meet soldiers painting the cement blocks in glowing paint. At Ar-Ras at 10.00 the soldiers do not check for about two minutes as if they do not really want to check and do so lazily. 8 cars wait. They ask each driver many questions such as where he is from, where he is going and if he studies at the university what he is studying. When we leave there are two cars and we hope it will stay that way.