'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Sun 25.10.09, Morning

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Edna L., Yael B. (reporting)

Translation:  Suzanne O.


Azun Atma

8:30 a.m.  

Some Palestinians, who are still waiting for transport to work, report that there was a jam this morning from the direction of Nablus.  One of the workers tells us about the makeshift ways he crosses into Israel, without an entrance permit, so that he can make a living to keep his seven children.

Za'atra/Tapuach Junction



Awarta roadblock

9:15 a.m. 

There is a queue of about 5 lorries, the crossing functions in an organised fashion by inspecting ID cards.  Waiting time is 5 - 6 minutes.

A driver of a private car is detained.  We asked the soldier why he was detained and were told that the car registration plates are Israeli ones but the driver has a Palestinian ID card and he has no licence for the vehicle.

A roadblock soldier comes up to us and asks us not to take up too much time (interfere) because there is a suspicion that a female soldier may be kidnapped at Beit Shemesh.


Beit Furiq roadblock

9:30 a.m. 

Deserted.  Only a team of soldiers is present.


Huwwara roadblock

9:35 a.m. 

A constant flow of cars crosses.

10:00 a.m.

We visit Sayeed, the father of the boy hospitalised in a vegetative state, who we take from time to time to the institution where the boy is kept in Yad Eliahu.  He is not going today because he did not go and get the monthly permit from the DCO.  According to him he had tried to get a longer term permit but had been refused.  We will try to help him.


Za'atra/Tapuach Junction

10:30 a.m. 

There are 16 cars in the queue which advances at a reasonable pace.