'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 30.6.11, Morning

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Esti V., and Nava A.

Azzun Atma, Hawwara, Awarta and Beit Furik 30 June 2011

Translation: Suzanne O.


The roadblock at Hawwara is open again.  The yellow barrier at Awarta is closed again.


Azzun Atma

6:35 a.m. 

There are very few labourers waiting in the queue and there are not a lot of contractors waiting on the road.  What has changed?  The roadblock is run by two energetic female soldiers (one of them an officer) who work efficiently and in good spirit.


Shomron Crossing

There is no inspection for those leaving Israel


The entrances to Marda and Zeita are open.



7:05 a.m. 

There is a soldier in the position by the roundabout and two Border Police soldiers in the checkpoints.  The traffic flows unhindered.


Yitzhar/Borin roadblocks

7:10 a.m. 

There is no military activity.


Hawwara roadblock

7:10 a.m. 

The road has been laid and the traffic flows as of yore.  On the hill up to the settlement of Bracha soldiers hold cars up for inspection.



The yellow barrier has been closed again.  We tried to speak to the Nablus DCO to find out why it is because of security now, whereas two weeks ago the road was completely open but the girls could not/did not want to speak to us.


Opposite Itamar a military vehicle is parked.  The soldier had no idea what was happening at Awarta: "It's not my area".


Beit Furik

7:35 a.m. 

At the entrance to the village work continues to widen the entrance road.  We are asked to stop by a Palestinian traffic policeman.  They wear blue uniforms and are polite.  They wanted to know what we are doing here.  We showed our tags and were sent on our way.


On the hill near the roadblock an IDF vehicle is parked but the traffic to Nablus flows unhindered.


On the way back to Hawwara

7:45 a.m.

We drove along to find out up to where the road has been laid.  At the roadblock, as noted, there is no one around but all the lights are on around the whole deserted site.  What will happen to the Security Ministry's budget?



8:05 a.m. 

Two Border Policemen are in the positions but the traffic flows.  One Palestinian car waits at the side for inspection of documents.  There are a lot of soldiers in the car park.  Are they off on weekend leave?


Shomron Crossing

:Lorries entering Israel are inspected.