'Anabta, 'Azzun, Ar-Ras, Jubara (Kafriat), Qalqiliya, Thu 15.1.09, Afternoon
Jubara, Children's Gate, A Ras, Anabta – 2:40PM – 3:40PM
We waited about 10 minutes before the soldier came to open the key to the gated village of Jubara.
At the Childrens' Gate
there were 2 detainees. They were Palestinians who had worked in Israel
without a permit and were returning home. Their ID's had already been
checked and the soldier's claimed they had called the police and were
waiting for the police to take them. Hagar called the Army Humanitarian
Hot Line and told them she understood that the policy was to let the
illegal workers back in immediately after checking their IDs. When we
returned to the Children's Gate 15 minutes later, the detainees were
At Ar Ras traffic
in both directions was being checked by soldiers. The traffic from
Qalqilyia was waved on after a cursory glance and there was a short
line of 2 or 3 vehicles. Some vehicles coming from Tul Karem were
more thoroughly checked. Each vehicle took from zero to over a minute
to check with the average being 30 seconds. There were about 20
vehicles on line.
vacated pick up truck was parked to the side without a driver. The
soldiers said it had been there when they arrived on duty and they knew
nothing about it
Anabta – There were 20 vehicles coming from Tul Karem and 10 vehicles toward Tul Karem. There were random checks on both sides.
Azzun The main entrance to the village is open but there is an army jeep standing there.
Qalqilyia –5:10PM – 5:45PM
were over 50 vehicles waiting to enter Qalqilya. The wait was about 40
minutes. The line to Qalqilya went three-quarters of the way to the
intersection with the main road(Route 55). In order to allow traffic
that was going to and from the settlement called Tzofin through,
soldiers stood at the Tzofin intersection and kept it clear. There was
a line of about 10 vehicles coming from Qalqilya.
CP was closing when we got there. The soldiers were leaving to open an
agricultural gate (#1419) which is supposed to be open from 6:00PM –
6:30PM. The soldiers claim that vehicles that come after 6:00PM to
Hablah will have to go through the main boarder crossing.
A Palestinian from the Qalqiliya area tells us the army as taken over a building in the village of Nebi- Elias across from the butcher shop.
Israel/Palestine boarder CP near Qalqilyia (Gate 109 or Eliahu Pass)
was interesting to note that at this border illegal workers who were
coming back from Israel were dropped off by their bosses or private
vehicles in the parking lot and walked through the boarder without even
passing by the soldiers.