'Anabta, Ar-Ras, Jubara (Kafriat), Wed 13.2.08, Afternoon

Sarah F. and Dalia G. Natanya translating.

15.10 Jubara is empty and there are no cars. At Ar-Ras there is segregation according to Gideon, the commander but he is not prepared to give details I ask about the ages and he will not answer. I suggest 16-35 and he says "approximately". I say 18 to 35 and he answers "approximately". It seems to be a security problem, secret …or what? The traffic flows and no one is turned back. Maybe they knew about the segregation and so did not come. There are no detaineesinfo-icon.

One soldiers is dafke prepared to talk to us and asks why we do not bring waffles. We reply that we are not the "Committee for the soldiers" and that our job is to watch and report on anything which is against the rights of man, every man. He smiles and says apologetically "I just wanted to ask."
At 15.25 we leave.

15.40 Anabta . No line at the entrance and the traffic flows with no checking.
At the exit is a line of 15 cars. There is checking but it is swift because of two checkers who work simultaneously on two different cars. That is as if there were two lines in one places. The first time that I have seen someone take this initiative. The soldier explains that they are doing their utmost to work efficiently. There is a line because they have to check and there is segregation and there is a lot of traffic. When I ask about the ages he replies that those from Jenin and the surrounding areas between the ages of 18-35. A definite answer and not an approximate one.  While we are speaking two pedestrians are  stopped  and over the phone the answer comes that the man from Gaza is to be detained and the other freed and so it is. The one who seems to have infiltrated from Gaza is handcuffed and blindfolded and sat down next to the guard tower to wait until someone comes to question him. When I ask why he is blindfolded I am told that this is so that he should not run away. The main thing is that there should be an excuse. We are told that they will give him water and see to him until the secret service should come. The soldier shows much good will and it is important to him that we should see this.

We go to the booth where the soldiers are supposed to check the cars entering but they are just standing there bored and speak to us. They ask what we write and one asks  if they can see. I show him. He asks if we think there is something not in order. I tell him about the convention which is now taking place and Machon Van Leer in Jerusalem where major generals and commanders who have served on the West Bank are saying that the checkpoints do not add to the security of Israel and only cause hatred and terrorism. He asks in that case who will guard Einav and protect it. I say that they should not be there. That they should not be in the Palestinian areas.  He says but the fact remains that they are there so who will protect them. I said that then the soldiers should be places around the settlements. What is the connection between a small illegal settlement and the segregation of the local population. I saw that he was thinking  about this.  Maybe something will sink in, even a little bit is good in my eyes. Especially when the conversation takes place because the soldiers ask.  At 16.00 we leave for Beit Iba.