Beit Iba, Jit, Mon 9.6.08, Morning

Observers: 
Nina S., Osnat R. (reporting) .
09/06/2008
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Morning

Natanya translating.

09.00 Beit Iba.  The dog trainer enters a van from which the passengers have alighted and when she sees me photographing she runs to stop me full of self-righteousness saying that I do not know how well she acts towards the Palestinians and that she will stop checking if we do not delete the photos. There are 5 cars in both directions. There is a short line of those leaving Nablus and checking is more careful than usual. Things are taken out of the bags one by one and even parcels that are not necessarily in their original wrappings.  The line of those entering is very long and crowded and all are checked, more than 50 people including women holding small children.  The woman soldier takes the veiled women to be checked with their IDs. The DCO representative arrives and says that there is a specific alert here and when we ask if that includes women and children he says no and goes off to brief the soldiers. The situation was not clear to us. After all anyone wanting to enter Nablus can do it through Hawarra and A-Sira. When we ask the commander who is not particularly happy to have us at "his" checkpoint he says that there are reasons and do we think that he enjoys doing this.

09.50  The line begins to shorten as a result of the DCO helping the humanitarian line and also the military policewomen who work quickly.

10.00 No line and at the crossroads of Jit there is no checkpoint.  .  

09.00 Beit Iba.  The dog trainer enters a van from which the passengers have alighted and when she sees me photographing she runs to stop me full of self-righteousness saying that I do not know how well she acts towards the Palestinians and that she will stop checking if we do not delete the photos. There are 5 cars in both directions. There is a short line of those leaving Nablus and checking is more careful than usual. Things are taken out of the bags one by one and even parcels that are not necessarily in their original wrappings.  The line of those entering is very long and crowded and all are checked, more than 50 people including women holding small children.  The woman soldier takes the veiled women to be checked with their IDs. The DCO representative arrives and says that there is a specific alert here and when we ask if that includes women and children he says no and goes off to brief the soldiers. The situation was not clear to us. After all anyone wanting to enter Nablus can do it through Hawarra and A-Sira. When we ask the commander who is not particularly happy to have us at "his" checkpoint he says that there are reasons and do we think that he enjoys doing this.

09.50  The line begins to shorten as a result of the DCO helping the humanitarian line and also the military policewomen who work quickly.

10.00 No line and at the crossroads of Jit there is no checkpoint.  .