'Anabta, Ar-Ras, Beit Iba, Irtah, Jubara (Kafriat), Sun 3.8.08, Morning

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Yael A., Leah S. (reporting) Translator: Charles K.



06:50  Irtah.  Lots of activity at the checkpoint, most workers have already gone through and some of them are clustered in the parking area, waiting for the employers.  No line of workers from Tulkarm, traffic is flowing.


07:05  Jubarra checkpoint – A few soldiers at the checkpoint and very sparse automobile traffic.  A few residents of Israel pass through toward Taibeh, the soldiers open the gate without delay.


07:10  Ar-Ras checkpoint – Sparse traffic.  No detaineesinfo-icon; the buses carrying children haven't yet arrived (are schools on vacation?)


07:25  'Anabta – At Anabta checkpoint there were no detainees from the direction of Nablus.  There are fewpedestrians, but mostly no students come from Tulkarm.  People go through the checkpoint on foot and get a taxi or a bus on the other side.  A very long line of cars are waiting from the direction of Tulkarm.

07:40-8:30  Beit Iba – The place is buzzing with people going through in both directions.  Long lines of students from the direction of Tulkarm.  Complaints (we won't get to class on time).  Careful checks (comparison with a list held by the soldiers).  Not enough soldiers, many people passing through and the lines are long.  We timed a fifteen minute wait in a crowded line to pass through to Nablus.


A number of detainees on the Nablus side.  (according to the commander they tried to bypass the checkpoint in the morning and that's why they were detained).  Occasionally, after being checked, a detainee is released and sent on his way.


The soldiers behaved nicely to us, and answered all our questions.


08:30  We left.