Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Sun 4.10.09, Afternoon

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Galit G., Tal H. (reporting)

Translation: Tal H.

Tapuach/Za'tara Junction Checkpoint 14:55

Large loud posters of the Jewish settlement movement in the West Bank are plastered all over the concrete slabs surrounding the CP as in every Jewish holiday throughout the year, and this time: “An Experience with Roots! Sukkoth”.

About one hundred cars are stuck in a waiting line coming from Nablus.
We called the army hotline requesting they do something about this.

 Beit Furik Checkpoint 15:45

Few vehicles, moving unhampered.

 Huwwara Checkpoint 16:00

As usual of late, sniffer-dog and trainer run a thorough inspection of one vehicle out of every several, inspection lasting about ten minutes.
Driver and passenger are required to stand at a distance, but at least not with their backs turned…


And as usual lately, the soldier at the entrance to the checkpoint area doesn’t really know who we are and what we’re doing there, but doesn’t do anything about it.


At 16:45 we took off for Israel, choosing to travel via Yitzhar junction, Jit and Nebi Elias.

We saw nothing special beyond the general gloom that results from the seen and unseen presence of an occupying army, the seen and unseen presence of settlers, and the fact that the non-Jewish-Israeli accent of our dear driver brought on a demand to see his ID and question him whither and wherefore – at the checkpoint, re-entering the Jewish State.