'Awarta, Beit Furik, Habla, Huwwara, Ma'ale Efrayim, Za'tara (Tapuah), Sat 7.5.11, Morning

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Ruti R., Natali C.

Translation:  Suzanne O.


Za'tara/Tapuach Junction

10:00 a.m. 

There are no soldiers on the road.  There is a soldier in the pillbox.  3 soldiers are in a military jeep parked in the large car park.

Opposite there is a police patrol car which stops cars to hand out traffic violation fines.


Observation point above Ma'ale Efrayim

10:25 a.m. - There is a military Hummer jeep at the OP. It was still there when we returned an hour later.

 Ma'ale Efrayim roadblock

10:30 a.m. - Empty

 Hamra/Beqaot roadblock

11:00 a.m. - There are 4 soldiers, no cars.

There are two people waiting at the exit and, as we arrive, they are picked up (by a car with Israeli registration numbers) – hugs, kisses and joy all around.

We continue on to a Bedouin camp to give them the clothes and shoes we have brought with us.

As usual, they are very polite and invite us to drink tea or coffee with them.  We did not stop as we wanted to get to the demonstration at Habla at 11:30 a.m.!!

Ma'ale Efrayim roadblock

11:30 a.m. - Empty


11:45 a.m. - There are 4 Border Policemen and a queue of at least 20 cars in the southerly direction, there is a random inspection.

The police are no longer here.

Hawwara roadblock

12:15 p.m. - There are no soldiers on the ground or in the lookout tower.

 Awarta - There is a jeep opposite the entrance to the village.

 Beit Furik roadblock

12:40 p.m. - Empty.  No soldiers.

A Hummer jeep arrives from the direction of Alon Moreh.  The soldiers want to know where we have come from and where we are going and we reserve the right not to reply.  They give up (it is worth noting that they do so gracefully and with an apologetic smile…).


1:10 p.m. - We got to the demonstration.  See Dalia G's report from this afternoon.