'Anabta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Ar-Ras, Beit Iba, Jubara (Kafriat), Qalqiliya, Silwan, Tue 28.10.08, Morning

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Tom and Nurit Wagner (reporting) Hamdan: driver Translator: Charles K.



07:40  The Jub’ara road is closed.  It’s opened after inspection of our documents and the Machsom Watch ID tag, and after we go through the soldier radios ahead for them to be ready.

07:53  Palestinians detained at the checkpoint for inspection.  When we asked why, the answer was that because of alerts on Monday, October 27, Palestinians aren’t allowed through.

A-Ras checkpoint is quiet.

When we leave Jab’ara, the soldier at the roadblock informs us that Hamdan can’t come in – we notified Elisheva.

08:00  Anabta – Grafitti “Arabs are whores.”

A sign on the way to Beit Iba: “Death to Arabs.”

08:10  Beit Iba – Quiet, calm, smiling soldiers – their last day at the checkpoint – they’re glad to leave.


(The weather clears)


09:30  We leave.  A high dirt roadblock at 'Azzun 'Atma.

Qalqilya checkpoint – Quiet.  Almost no one going through.


The frustrating, irritating routine.