'Anabta, Ar-Ras, Irtah, Jubara (Kafriat), Wed 28.1.09, Morning
Translator: Louise L.
7.00 – It’s a busy morning. Families have arrived to visit prisoners in jail. People tell us that yesterday was a hard day with long lines. One man ttells us that he had to turn back because of the late hour.
3 people turn to us asking for help. They have land near Barta, but are not allowed to enter through the gate close to their land in spite of their permit to enter Israel. Instead they have to reach Irtach from the north, and from there drive back north to get to Barta. They have no choice but to drive all this way over and over again, and it is both expensive and time consuming.
7.15 – We have no problems entering. The commander of the roadblock asks us to take a young boy into the village, because he feels sorry for him.
A-Ras – There are just a few cars. The soldiers from the reserve forces are freezing.
8.30 – The moment we arrive the commander asks us to keep a distance. We refuse and he accepts it. There is a lot of traffic; at the exit there is a line of 10 cars. The inspection is sporadic, and the number of cars in the line remains the same.