'Anabta, Ar-Ras, Azzun, Jubara (Kafriat), Qalqiliya, Mon 2.6.08, Morning

Observers: 
Frances T., Roni Sh. (reporting) Translation: Galia S.
02/06/2008
|
Morning

Eliyahu Passage

06:35 – Two lines of cars that enter Israel. One of them is quick without any inspection for the settlers while the other is very slow and includes strict inspections for Israeli Arabs.

The workers' line moves extremely slowly.

Qalqiliya

06:45 – No lines. Both at the entrance and at the exit cars are not checked. The cars slow down, stop and then continue on their way following a hand gesture. Pedestrians pass without inspection in both directions.

Azzun

07:00 – As we approach Azzun, we thought we saw an ambulance leaving from the main entrance of Azzun …

Early this morning the horrifying earth rampart covered with barbed wire has indeed been removed by a bulldozer to both sides of the road and the road is now open. There isn't any army vehicle near the entrance.

The settlement of Shvut Ami

07:15 – A military jeep is standing inside a yard of a house where there are also some people.

07:20 – Jit junction is open.

Anabta

09:20 – There is a line of 5 cars at the entrance. Documents are checked but the passage is quick. No inspections at the exit.

The line at the entrance has grown and now about 12 cars are waiting because the soldiers have gone to eat, but the checkpoint commander lets everyone pass without inspection. The only ones whose documents are checked every now and then are Israeli drivers. The checkpoint commander insists that an Israeli driver who has come forward without waiting for the hand gesture go back. In the meantime 11 cars are waiting.

The Figs Passage – Jubara

09:40 – There isn't much traffic. The gate to the village is opened without delay or question.

753 Gate

Two youths are checked and then sent away.

Ar-Ras

10:00 – We are met by a soldier who asks us who we are and gets an answer of another soldier saying that we are women who hate soldiers and love Palestinians. However, it turns out that not all the soldiers like this definition and a conversation ensues.

In both directions little traffic and no inspections.

A bus that comes from Ar-Ras enters Jubara without delay. Students get off at a number of stops. Since it is early we ask the driver for the reason. It turns out that it's of the end of the year exams and the students have finished school early.

10:30 – A soldier comes and opens the gate for us without delay and we leave on our way home.