'Awarta, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 15.7.10, Morning

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Esti V., and Nava A.

Translation:  Suzanne O.

The entrances to Marda and Zeita are open.



7:00 a.m. 

About 15 cars crawl through the roadblock but the soldiers do not hold them up.


There is no military activity.

On the way between Borin and the roadblock there is a group of soldiers patrolling on the side of the road.


Beit Furiq

7:30 a.m. 

A soldier peeps out from the top of the watchtower and waves us hello.

A resident of the village tells us that stones were thrown at a military vehicle which drove through the village last night.  The soldiers retaliated by throwing shock grenades which woke the whole village.



7:35 a.m. 

There is not much vehicular traffic.  The roadblock is controlled by reservists.



7:45 a.m. 

The soldiers guarding the roadblock at the entrance ask, as last time, for our documents.  But when they realise that we do not want to enter Nablus they desist.

Traffic to and from the town flows with no intervention by the soldiers; there is very little traffic in either direction.  We asked the soldiers what they are doing there.  The answer:  to ensure that no religious Jews enter Nablus and get beaten up!

At the exit from Huwwara, in the area opposite Beita, a military vehicle is parked, apparently Border Police.


The traffic flows.  Just as we drove by the car park we saw, in the corner, a number of soldiers having a lively discussion with two Palestinians but it was too late for us to turn back.  We hope that everything ended peacefully.