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יום ג' 18.9.07, אחה"צ

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Sep-18-2007
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Afternoon

 

Jubara

 

13:30 – We enter the village without delay and pass the soldiers' post at the Schoolchildren's Gate. There is no movement of cars and there are no detaineesinfo-icon.

 

Ar-Ras

 

Thin traffic. Five cars are waiting. When we get there, they are already gone. The inspections are very superficial. Some drivers are asked about the contents of the trunk and about their destination. In most cases they make do with some questioning without actually checking the cars.

 

When we ask, the soldiers say that there are no restrictions. A station wagon parks on the roadside. The driver is detained, waiting for the police. (In the trunk he keeps a gear box or another engine part.) The soldiers say he has been waiting half an hour, while he says he has been waiting for an hour and a half. We cannot understand why it takes the police such a long time to get there since a police patrol car is standing idle at the entrance to the village. I wonder if the soldiers have been instructed to hunt down car thieves. The soldier, who keeps waving a flag of the "Blue and White" women, answers in the negative, claiming it's their initiative! [Blue and White women are right wing activists.]

 

In the meantime a patrol car arrives. A policeman gets out and after him another policeman who walks cheerfully straight to us and starts sweet talking us. The soldiers tell us he is a Druze. We ignore him. He continues running around in all directions of the junction, stops 3 Palestinian cars and checks their documents. The other policeman calls and asks him to finish with the case for which they came but to no avail. Eventually, they detain the driver, the gear box is taken in the police vehicle and the driver's vehicle is parked aside.

 

13:50 – We leave.

 

Anabta

14:10 – Only the checkpoint in the direction of Tulkarm is manned.

 

The drivers and the passengers of vehicles with Israeli licence plates are questioned and asked where they are from. Only Arabs are allowed to enter! Palestinian vehicles pass without delays. The soldiers say they act with consideration for the Ramadan fast.

 

14:20 – The traffic is streaming fast. We go on to Beit Iba.

 

 

יום ג' 18.9.07, אחה"צ

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Observers: Zehava G., Yael S. (reporting)Translation: Galia
Sep-18-2007
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Afternoon

 

Jubara

 

13:30 – We enter the village without delay and pass the soldiers' post at the Schoolchildren's Gate. There is no movement of cars and there are no detaineesinfo-icon.

 

Ar-Ras

 

Thin traffic. Five cars are waiting. When we get there, they are already gone. The inspections are very superficial. Some drivers are asked about the contents of the trunk and about their destination. In most cases they make do with some questioning without actually checking the cars.

 

When we ask, the soldiers say that there are no restrictions. A station wagon parks on the roadside. The driver is detained, waiting for the police. (In the trunk he keeps a gear box or another engine part.) The soldiers say he has been waiting half an hour, while he says he has been waiting for an hour and a half. We cannot understand why it takes the police such a long time to get there since a police patrol car is standing idle at the entrance to the village. I wonder if the soldiers have been instructed to hunt down car thieves. The soldier, who keeps waving a flag of the "Blue and White" women, answers in the negative, claiming it's their initiative! [Blue and White women are right wing activists.]

 

In the meantime a patrol car arrives. A policeman gets out and after him another policeman who walks cheerfully straight to us and starts sweet talking us. The soldiers tell us he is a Druze. We ignore him. He continues running around in all directions of the junction, stops 3 Palestinian cars and checks their documents. The other policeman calls and asks him to finish with the case for which they came but to no avail. Eventually, they detain the driver, the gear box is taken in the police vehicle and the driver's vehicle is parked aside.

 

13:50 – We leave.

 

Anabta

14:10 – Only the checkpoint in the direction of Tulkarm is manned.

 

The drivers and the passengers of vehicles with Israeli licence plates are questioned and asked where they are from. Only Arabs are allowed to enter! Palestinian vehicles pass without delays. The soldiers say they act with consideration for the Ramadan fast.

 

14:20 – The traffic is streaming fast. We go on to Beit Iba.

 

 

יום ג' 18.9.07, אחה"צ

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17:00 – There are 16 vehicles at the entrance to Qalqiliya. Close to the break of the fast, people are very nervous, pushing each other and sounding the car horn a lot. We approach the checkpoint and see that the vehicles pass quickly without being checked. But then, a vehicle with Israeli licence plates arrives and holds up the line. The inspection is carried out by Border Police soldiers while other soldiers are standing guard. We ask a driver of an Israeli vehicle whether he will be allowed to enter Qalqiliya, when all the signs at the entrance say that entry of Israeli vehicles is prohibited. He answers that he is trying, hoping to succeed. Another says that his wife and children are there. We can see that each car such as these holds up the line, but after some argument it is allowed to enter.

 

17:15 – Twenty vehicles are waiting at the entrance.

 

Summaries

The Periodic Summaries are a precis of noteworthy events, and of the checkpoints routine, as seen at each of the checkpoints during the past month. Over the course of the occupation years, the IDF and the Civil Administration have succeeded in almost completely canceling the spontaneous movement of the Palestinians in the West Bank, and almost the only ones to arrive at the checkpoints are those who hold valid transit permits. These permits were for the most part obtained by way of deliberate bureaucratic travails and difficulties. The Palestinian's immense difficulties in making a living, and surviving under the heavy burden of the Occupation are reflected in our daily reports and periodic summaries.

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Etzion DCL, Sun 16.9.07, Afternoon

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Shlomit S. and Yael S. (reporting)
Sep-16-2007
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15.30

A very  short shift - only four people were in the DCL.     Three of them were waiting for the GSS and one who was trying to ascertain the place of arrest of his brother.    

There was no queue for magnetic cards but we were told that during the morning about 40 people  came to ask for them and they were admitted without numbers. One person  who asked for a permit was given a note telling him to come back the next day.

We managed to verify that the detained brother was in fact in the Etzion complex; for this we had to go to the police station and make several phone calls to various army offices. People who had been waiting for the GSS were admitted but then asked to come again  

'Anabta, Ar-Ras, Mon 10.9.07, Morning

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Osnat R Roni Sh (reporter) Translator Orna B
Sep-10-2007
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Morning

 

Anabta 10.10 

A shift that started with no special events ended badly.

No queue at the entrance to Anabta, and at the exit too there are only two cars. No inspections but the cars are delayed nevertheless because of the uncertainty and the fear of passing without that waive of the hand...

10.30

On the way out we dally by the fig and prickly pear seller and await there for him to peel a prickly pear for us. While there  we notice that at the entrance to Anabta a very long queue gathered, that soon reached the bend (about 30 cars). We decide to go back to the checkpoint and check what is going on.  On our way to the checkpoint an Israeli car that of course had not waited in the queue at the checkpoint, passes us. There are 3 women in it who, when they saw us, stop within the road block area and park there. They stormed out of their car and ran towards us swearing and cursing us. The Blue and White women arrived!!!  the infamous Rika accompanied this time by two other women. They jumped on us and physically pushed us away from the checkpoint. They got very very near us waived their hands in our faces and screamed sentences such as: "How many children have you murdered today?" and other words I simply cannot repeat. All along a Hummer with soldiers was driving slowly, accompnying them. In answer to my rhetorical question if they can protect us, they said that they were there to protect us from the Palestinians, not the Jews, and apart from that, they were not the police. Osnat managed to photograph only their stormy arrival. We did not wish them to 'accompany' us to our car which we had left by the fig seller. And crazy Rika who today was a little less crazy than her friend was surprised when I agreed to write in my report that "Rika from Blue and White says that when we arrive we endanger the soldiers." She of course did not see the ridiculous in it. They left us screaming abuse that cannot be repeated.

This event was shocking and scary, not only because of the terrible curses that we had heard before but also because we felt that one wrong move and they would attack us physically, and that they are so crazy there is no telling what they would do next.

11.15 

We crossed through the children's gate in Jubara. An inspection of the bags of two guys (probably illegals) that is done on the ground with weapons pointed at them.

A'ras

No queue and no inspections, just a question here and there.

The road block commander is asking us to stand behind the reinforced concrete boulders but we refuse. He does not understand why, is it not for our own protection... He claims that it is an order of the brigade commander who " is of course known for his good relationship with us". We answer that we are allowed to stand anywhere as long as we do not disturb the soldiers, and that we do not want nor need his protection. He takes vent of his anger and frustration on the Palestinians of course. A driver from Jubara who normally passes without standing in the queue receives an educative lecture. Obviously, a queue is building up.

11.45

The driver is released, the queue evaporates and we are on our way home...

'Anabta, Ar-Ras, Mon 10.9.07, Morning

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Osnat R. Roni Sh. (reporter)Translator: Orna B
Sep-10-2007
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Anabta  10.10 

A shift that started with no special events ended badly.

No queue at the entrance to Anabta, and at the exit too there are only two cars. No inspections but the cars are delayed nevertheless because of the uncertainty and the fear of passing without that waive of the hand...

10.30

On the way out we dally by the fig and prickly pear seller and await there for him to peel a prickly pear for us. While there  we notice that at the entrance to Anabta a very long queue gathered, that soon reached the bend (about 30 cars). We decide to go back to the checkpoint and check what is going on.  On our way to the checkpoint an Israeli car that of course had not waited in the queue at the checkpoint, passes us. There are 3 women in it who, when they saw us, stop within the road block area and park there. They stormed out of their car and ran towards us swearing and cursing us. The Blue and White women arrived!!!  the infamous Rika accompanied this time by two other women. They jumped on us and physically pushed us away from the checkpoint. They got very very near us waived their hands in our faces and screamed sentences such as: "How many children have you murdered today?" and other words I simply cannot repeat. All along a Hummer with soldiers was driving slowly, accompanying them. In answer to my rhetorical question if they can protect us, they said that they were there to protect us from the Palestinians, not the Jews, and apart from that, they were not the police. Osnat managed to photograph only their stormy arrival. We did not wish them to 'accompany' us to our car which we had left by the fig seller. And crazy Rika who today was a little less crazy than her friend was surprised when I agreed to write in my report that "Rika from Blue and White says that when we arrive we endanger the soldiers." She of course did not see the ridiculous in it. They left us screaming abuse that cannot be repeated.

This event was shocking and scary, not only because of the terrible curses that we had heard before but also because we felt that one wrong move and they would attack us physically, and that they are so crazy there is no telling what they would do next.

11.15  

We crossed through the children's gate in Jubara. An inspection of the bags of two guys (probably illegals) that is done on the ground with weapons pointed at them.

 

A'Ras

No queue and no inspections, just a question here and there.

The road block commander is asking us to stand behind the reinforced concrete boulders but we refuse. He does not understand why, is it not for our own protection... He claims that it is an order of the brigade commander who " is of course known for his good relationship with us". We answer that we are allowed to stand anywhere as long as we do not disturb the soldiers, and that we do not want nor need his protection. He takes vent of his anger and frustration on the Palestinians of course. A driver from Jubara who normally passes without standing in the queue receives an educative lecture. Obviously, a queue is building up.

 

11.45

The driver is released, the queue evaporates and we are on our way home...

 

'Anabta, Ar-Ras, Mon 10.9.07, Morning

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Osnat R. Roni Sh. (reporter)Translator: Orna B
Sep-10-2007
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Morning

 

Anabta  10.10 

A shift that started with no special events ended badly.

No queue at the entrance to Anabta, and at the exit too there are only two cars. No inspections but the cars are delayed nevertheless because of the uncertainty and the fear of passing without that waive of the hand...

10.30

On the way out we dally by the fig and prickly pear seller and await there for him to peel a prickly pear for us. While there  we notice that at the entrance to Anabta a very long queue gathered, that soon reached the bend (about 30 cars). We decide to go back to the checkpoint and check what is going on.  On our way to the checkpoint an Israeli car that of course had not waited in the queue at the checkpoint, passes us. There are 3 women in it who, when they saw us, stop within the road block area and park there. They stormed out of their car and ran towards us swearing and cursing us. The Blue and White women arrived!!!  the infamous Rika accompanied this time by two other women. They jumped on us and physically pushed us away from the checkpoint. They got very very near us waived their hands in our faces and screamed sentences such as: "How many children have you murdered today?" and other words I simply cannot repeat. All along a Hummer with soldiers was driving slowly, accompanying them. In answer to my rhetorical question if they can protect us, they said that they were there to protect us from the Palestinians, not the Jews, and apart from that, they were not the police. Osnat managed to photograph only their stormy arrival. We did not wish them to 'accompany' us to our car which we had left by the fig seller. And crazy Rika who today was a little less crazy than her friend was surprised when I agreed to write in my report that "Rika from Blue and White says that when we arrive we endanger the soldiers." She of course did not see the ridiculous in it. They left us screaming abuse that cannot be repeated.

This event was shocking and scary, not only because of the terrible curses that we had heard before but also because we felt that one wrong move and they would attack us physically, and that they are so crazy there is no telling what they would do next.

11.15  

We crossed through the children's gate in Jubara. An inspection of the bags of two guys (probably illegals) that is done on the ground with weapons pointed at them.

 

A'Ras

No queue and no inspections, just a question here and there.

The road block commander is asking us to stand behind the reinforced concrete boulders but we refuse. He does not understand why, is it not for our own protection... He claims that it is an order of the brigade commander who " is of course known for his good relationship with us". We answer that we are allowed to stand anywhere as long as we do not disturb the soldiers, and that we do not want nor need his protection. He takes vent of his anger and frustration on the Palestinians of course. A driver from Jubara who normally passes without standing in the queue receives an educative lecture. Obviously, a queue is building up.

 

11.45

The driver is released, the queue evaporates and we are on our way home...

 

Etzion DCL, Mon 10.9.07, Morning

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Road No.60,  DCL Ezyon,  Beit- Anun 
 

    1. In front of Nashash :A Jeep and a Hummer are parked on the road and the soldiers are busy with preparation.  

        08.00  Nashash: Silent and empty. 

        08.15  Beit-Omar:NO customers today. 

        08.30  Beit-Anun:Children on bicycles in the narrow passageway. Lessons begin at noon,  second shift,  since there are not

enough classrooms for all of them. 

        08.50  Nebi-Yunes: Some people ask for our help.     We are held up for a rather long time. 

  1.            Ezyon DCL :About 15 people are waiting for the GSS for work permits;  only few are waiting for magnetic cards.

Bureaucratic news:  we find that in order to get information on one’s file – its number & location – one first needs to buy revenue stamps (30 IS), then hand them to a policeman in a DCL or in a police station.Only then will he get the necessary particulars.

Dani Isra’eli confirms that this regulation was issued by police headquarters.

and pointed out that such a service does not exist at police stations and that Palestinians are liable to have to wait for long hours to be admitted there,  if at all.

We are trying to find out what can be done to avoid this new problem.

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