'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 24.3.11, Morning

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Esti W., Noga P. and Nava E.


Translator: Hanna K.

We returned to the Nablus checkpoints – but the soldiers didn't.


06:30 Azzun Atma: A long queue of workmen, over forty people. At the moment it doesn't rain but it hangs in the air, and there is no shed here. The commander leads us courteously outside the CP area, although "he is not keen on it". On the side sit two detaineesinfo-icon who had not been recognized by the computer. According to their friends they have been waiting over half and hour. The commander refused to talk with us about them.

At the Shomron crossing there is no blue police.

06:55The entrances to Marda and Zeita are open.

07:05 Za’tara\Tapuah: To our surprise a soldier stands at the western post (on the road leading to the junction, from the direction of Ariel). At the junction itself there are no soldiers at the posts, but we saw them on top of a hill.

Yitzhar\Burin CPs: There is no military activity.

At the square leading to the Huwwara CP, on the constructions, there are signposts "…Bibi say Goodbye to Barak now…" The CP is devoid of soldirs. The lights burn around and perhaps there is light in the tower too. We saw no soldiers peeping out.

Awarta: Not surprisingly the yellow arm still blocks the passage. A military vehicle arrived and stopped. We asked why the arm still blocks the passage and the soldier said: “That's how it was and that's how it shall be.” We are still waiting for the reply of the Central Command spokeswoman to our letter in this matter of three weeks ago. 

07:40 Beit Furik: No IDF presence at the CP.

On our way back we chose this time to drive through Awarta. It rains all the time and there are few people on the streets. We saw no graffiti in Hebrew, and only on one house we saw an X sign. We stopped near a few shops whose salesmen stood close to the pavement. In broken Arabic we asked what was happening, whether there was an army presence and they said there wasn't. They said that part of the men who had been arrested had been released, and some were rearrested.

The twisting road was no free of  Nablus bound trucks and we connected to Huwwara.

Za’tara\Tapuah:The traffic flows without disturbance. There are no soldiers at the posts. A military vehicle parks at the parking lot. Three soldiers interrogate on the side of the road a young Palestinian woman, and it doesn't bother them that the rain wets the four of them.

At the Shomron crossingchecking at entrance to Israel was superficial as usual.