'Anabta, Ar-Ras, Jubara (Kafriat), Tue 1.4.08, Morning

Noga K., Ruth C. (reporter) Translator: Orna B.
8:40 - 09:30 Anabta
There is a very long queue of vehicles at the entrance to and at the exit from Tulkarm. About 20 vehicles in each direction.
Waiting time is about 10-15 minutes. According to the
Palestinians, the congestion started only in the last hour. The
soldiers at the checkpoint stop the inspection from time to time and
chat to each other, which instantly creates a congestion. Inspections
are at random, but occasionally they are very thorough. A lorry driver
is asked to show the contents of carton boxes, and in order to avoid
having to unload the lorry, he tears up the cartons and shows the
contents. A lorry with an Israeli number plate is inspected and is not
allowed to continue. Any attempt to communicate with the checkpoint
commander fails - he is not interested in us talking to him. Nearer the
time of our departure the queue shortens a little.
09:50 - 10:30 A-ras, Jubara
We had our usual visit to Abu Hatem's and were glad to see that he
is well and even working in the garden. We richly served with assorted
In A-ras there were no vehicles at all and we went on our way.