Azzun, Beit Iba, Jit, Qalqiliya, Mon 24.12.07, Afternoon

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Tamara H., Bilha A., Karin L., Yonah A. Natanya translating.

    15:20 Beit Iba.  When we get to the checkpoint young boys come towards us with their belts in their hands. They were very angry. It appears that before the turnstile there is a gate with an x-ray device and they were told to take off their belts before going through. Each time the machine whistled they had to go back and take something else off. It seems that the machine is being run in and at first the boys took it in good spirits but afterwards got annoyed.

15:40 Those entering Nablus are checked against a sheet of numbers. In the hidden enclosure of the new building we see two young men. An older man stands next to the checkpoint. He is the father of one of those men but he does not know why the latter was detained. The commander  says they are being checked as they appeared on the list not because of an army problem but because of a police problem.  The captain speaks to the father and tries to tell him it will be OK.

There is little movement of cars or people. Karin counts 8 from Nablus.

17:00  Jit…there are no soldiers. Opposite Kedumim there are mounds of dirt. The road to the red house is open and some young men are next to it.
Azzun . There is a Hummer with soldiers at the side of the road. People can pass.

17:15 Qalqiliya.  3 cars are waiting to enter the city. there are 6 border police:  3 check those entering and 3 those leaving.  IDs are checked against the list of numbers. It took 16 minutes for 15 cars.