Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Mon 31.8.09, Morning

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Rina T., Niva D. (reporting)

Translation: Suzanne O.

Since the easing of restrictions at Huwwara there is a sniffer dog, who does not stop for a minute, permanently inspecting car after car.  A dog is unclean in the eyes of Palestinians, defiling everything it touches.  We commented on this to the DCO officer who crossed the roadblock, and requested that at least during the month of Ramadan this practice be waived.  He promised to try.


Za'atra Junction

6:35 a.m. 

There are 6 cars and one inspection lane.  The traffic crosses freely.


6:43 a.m.  The traffic is light in both directions. 

According to the soldiers, during Ramadan Israeli vehicles are permitted to enter Nablus.

6:53 a.m.  A van is stopped for inspection by the sniffer dog; it is released at 6:57 a.m.

6:57 a.m.  A second vehicle is stopped for inspection by the sniffer dog; it is released by 7:02 a.m.

Entrance to Beita

7:34 a.m. 

There is a Border Police jeep parked at the entrance to Beita.


Za'atra Junction

7:37 a.m. 

There are 20 cars from the direction of Nablus and two inspection lanes.

Buses are stopped; ID cards are collected, according to the driver he was released after 7 minutes.  A second bus which was stopped was released after 5 minutes.