'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Habla, Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 10.3.11, Afternoon

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Yaffa Wachs, Yehudit Levin (reporting and photographing)

 Translator:  Charles K.


A cold, rainy winter day.


  Habla checkpoint

Two pedestrians were inspected in the room at the exit from Habla, then two vehicles waiting on line.  There was no congestion while we were there.

14:10  An army jeep lies in wait next to the Palestinian house the settlers call “Shvut Ami,” which they sometimes break into.

14:50  Beit Furik checkpoint – Soldiers at the checkpoint.  They inspect vehicles.

There’s a line, and delays.

15:00  Huwwara checkpoint – No inspections at the exit from Nablus.  Two soldiers stand in the inspection booth at the entrance to Nablus, sheltering from the rain.

15:30  Za’tara checkpoint – We’re surprised not to see soldiers at the guardposts.

The two guard towers at the checkpoint are manned by soldiers.

16:00  Shomron crossing – At the entrance to Israel we’re asked whether everything’s ok, and why had we been there.  At the exit from Israel, two police and border patrol vehicles, policeman glancing at people coming out.

16:05  Azzun Atma checkpoint – Laborers returning home from working in settlements stand in line in the rain, are inspected in an structure the soldiers improvised to keep dry and then in a closed room.  One of the laborers updated us that the northern checkpoint is sometimes manned.

A Palestinian laborer approaches us, says the soldiers aren’t allowing him to bring in a box of cheese he was given as a present and brought from work.

We contacted the Humanitarian office, who transferred us to the Efraim DCO.

16:10  The box of cheese was authorized to enter the village.