'Anabta, Ar-Ras, Jit, Jubara (Kafriat), Qalqiliya, Tue 13.11.07, Morning

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Shlomit S, Elinoar B (reporting)

A quiet day, empty roads, no pressure at the checkpoints. At the West Bank  every day seems almost like Yom Kippur, which is sad.



06:30:06:45  - Traffic flows, cars are hardly checked. A Border Policewoman asks us politely to move to other side of the road, for our safety, of course. We should know who's the boss.


On Rd. 55, regretfully,  we manage to pass Azzun without noticing. In Al Funduq a young man tells us that the obstruction at Hajjah has been removed.



The junction is unmanned.



09:00-09:20 (on our way back from Beit Iba)  -  On the exit side from Tulkarm about 20 vehicles are queuing-up, but passage is quick, the checking soldier just asks where they are going.


Jubara & A-Ras

09:30-10:00  - At A-Ras not too many vehicles pass both ways. Checking is cursory. In the shade of the so called tower a dog handler is sitting with her muzzled dog. A Palestinian dog tries to make friends, she gives him some water. Today we were spared the unpleasant sight of the dog checking cars to their owners' dismay.