'Anabta, Ar-Ras, Jubara (Kafriat), Qalqiliya, Sun 23.3.08, Afternoon
The gate was already closed, no sign of the army or anyone waiting
There is a long line of vehicles waiting to get out of Qalqiliya, no
vehicles at all on the other side. The soldiers are not checking
most of the vehicles going out, the vehicles slow down, and then are
As we arrive there are no vehicles on the side entering Tulkarm,
about 14 coming out, there is a random check of IDs on both sides.
A few cars are pulled over to be checked, the soldiers look in the
vehicles but rather superficially. By 15:35 the waiting vehicles
have all passed.
There is not much traffic, but no one is moving, when we arrive at
the CP and ask for someone to open the gate so we can go to Ar Ras,
one soldier tells us that we can't go, then says that we have to
wait a half an hour, when asked he said "there are activities" "no
key". We pull over and call Tami, after about 5 minutes a soldier
comes over with the key to open the gate for us.
16:11 Ar Ras
As we approach the cement CP in the center, one of the soldiers
calls out to the others, "don't talk to them". We ask him why they
shouldn't talk to us, one soldier rudely in Hebrew while another
soldier says "those are our orders".
The soldiers are pulling over most of the vehicles, but do a quick
check of ID and vehicle interior and then pass them.
16:30 Gate 753
There are 3 youths that are waiting, the soldiers have their ID's,
they say they entered Jubara without the proper papers, and now they
have to wait. What for?? They are being checked.