Huwwara, Jit, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 17.2.11, Morning
9:30 We passed Za'tara/Tapuach junction. All the roads were open; there were no lines of cars.
The road out of Nablus was open . There were no soldiers and the vehicles drove through quickly.
On the side of the checkpoint for entering Nablus there were 5 soldiers and a woman soldier with a dog. The soldiers were checking a bus. The soldier with the dog was checking a private car; all the doors of the car were open and the dog was going in and out of them. While these checking were going on other cars were entering Nablus freely. After being checked the bus and the car drove into Nablus. It seemed to be a spot check; for what purpose we couldn't imagine.
10:20 Jit Junction
Several soldiers, a military hummer and several policemen were on the south side of the junction. The policemen were giving tickets to 2 cars.
We visited Jamal at the minimarket in Deir Sharaf. He says that life is fairly quiet. There have been no unusual events. In answer to our question about the wall that was built to "protect" Shavei Shomron settlement, his family personally lost 160 olive trees that were uprooted. And that was just from one family; many more families lost many more trees.
11:10 Jit Junction
As we passed on our way to leave the territories we saw that the soldiers and the policemen had left. All traffic was flowing freely.