'Anabta, Ar-Ras, Jubara (Kafriat), Qalqiliya, Sun 22.6.08, Afternoon
13:00 Habla North, Gate 1393
Three young boys on bikes are trying to get through, they told the
soldiers that they exited in the morning from this gate, but the
soldiers said they didn't and had to reenter Habla from where they
exited and what is written on their papers. The boys tried, but in
the end they took their bikes and left. Omar from the nursery, is
just crossing, he said that the soldiers were fair, and that the
passing has been going smoothly.
No vehicles going in or out of Qaliqiliya when we arrive, as we are
there, there is a steady flow of vehicles on both sides, little or
none checking of ID's, vehicles, or authorizations (only of the
The soldiers are reservists, and as we approach they ask if they can
help us and if we could stay away from the checkpoint, we tell them
that we always stand here and that was the end of the conversation.
As we approach the checkpoint there are a few vehicles going towards
Tulkarm, but flowing. We count 22 vehicles coming from the opposite
direction, there is not much checking or holding up the vehicles but
there is always a constant queue of vehicles. Here too the soldiers
are reservists, and ask how we are and where we are from.
Here there are reservists also, they don't quite understand what we
want when we request that they open the gate for us to go up to A-
Ras. But within a couple of minutes they open it. At Gate 753, also
Reservists, who don't know who we are and where we want to go. One
of the soldiers is taking photographs. They ask to see our
authorization to go to A Ras. They finally let us pass. When we
arrive at Ar Ras the soldiers also don't know what we are doing
there, one of the soldiers brings us a plastic chair.