'Awarta, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 5.11.09, Morning

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Esti V., and Nava A.

Translation:  Suzanne O.

A bright day after a few rainy days, even the roadblocks look better

6:30 a.m. 

There is a barrier at Sha'ar Shomron eastwards and one security man.

The entrance to Marda is open; the barrier at Zeita once again makes ruts in the paths.

Za'atra/Tapuach Junction

6:50 a.m. 

The roadblock from Ariel to the junction is not staffed.  On the road up from Huwwara there is a queue of 50 vehicles in spite of the fact that two inspection lanes are functioning as well as a humanitarian lane.

There is no Border Police jeep opposite the entrance to Beita.


A military jeep and a Border Police jeep are enjoying themselves in the parking bay.


Beit Furiq

7:10 a.m. 

We did not go into the roadblock area because we gave a lift to someone on his way to harvest olives in the family grove at the foot of Itamar.  From afar we saw that soldiers were checking the vehicles entering Nablus.  As the traffic was not heavy no queue built up.



7:15 a.m. 

There is no queue nor is there a dog handler.  The inspection of vehicles crossing is superficial.



7:20 a.m. 

There is heavy traffic to and from Nablus.  The Golani soldiers have apparently got used to the situation and they are much more relaxed.  The DCO representative also says that their commander is OK and allows the traffic to flow.  According to him on the rainy days at the beginning of the week passengers were not made to alight from taxis for a sniffer dog inspection.  (Wonder of wonders: Israel's security was not harmed by this.)

A dog handler is present today and, from time to time, the soldiers choose a taxi for her to inspect.  This time the dog handler also worked briskly and the process did not take too long.



7:45 a.m. 

Two jeeps are still observing the traffic.



8:00 a.m. 

There 23 vehicles in the queue to leave Huwwara.  There are a lot of vehicles and Public Works employees around.  They are all waiting for the supervisor to arrive and instruct them on the continuation of the work on the road.  One of the lanes is already scarified.  The DCO representative told us that, because of the road works, yesterday during the day there were a lot of hold-ups.

In the car park the dog handler is completing an inspection of a commercial vehicle.

An Israeli vehicle which has broken down awaits assistance.