'Awarta, Beit Furik, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah), Fri 8.4.11, Morning

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Ruti R., Natali C. (reporting)

Translator:  Charles K.


10:20  Za’tara.  Soldiers at the checkpoint.  A taxi and a car with two young men are detained.  They’re released five minutes later.

11:15  Huwwara.  The checkpoint isn’t operating.  No soldiers, except in the guard tower.

11:20  Awarta.  The checkpoint is closed.

11:25  Beit Furik.  A jeep with four soldiers at the entrance, checking cars entering and leaving.

11:35  Awarta.  We met the head of the village council.  He told us that Wednesday, at 9 PM, many soldiers came, surrounded the village and yelled “closureinfo-icon” over loudspeakers.  They used a list to go from house to house, from 21:00 until 01:30, making people stand outside facing the buildings with their hands up.  They brought out 100 women, including old women, and took them to the Huwwara DCO.  They were interrogated there, had DNA samples taken, had them sign their statements, apparently only in Hebrew, without them understanding what they’d signed.  They were all released in the morning.  He said the soldiers are threatening to return every day.  They curse over the loudspeakers.  It began on March 11 (the day of the murders in Itamar), and they’ve come every night since.  Residents of Itamar are also frightening them: on the way to work, in the street.  The children are afraid of them.  The settlers come at night in cars, from the east.  He says that 55 men from the village are still being held

12:45 There are no soldiers at the Huwwara checkpoint.