'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 1.9.11, Morning

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Shosh D. Estie W. Na'ava E.

Natanya translating.


 September 1st2011. This is the last day of Eid Il-fiter for the Palestinianthe and the first school day for the settlers. There is a lot of army on the roads.

6.30 Azzun Atma. Only a few workers crossing the checkpoint. The soldiers have “improved” the building of the checkpoint and now there are red plastics which border the passage.

The Shomron crossing. There are no police at the Israeli exit and very few cars in either direction.

The road to Marda, Zeita and Jamma'im are open,

7.05 Za’tara/Tapuach. A vehicle connected to the Kfir unit is parking next to the traffic circle. Soldiers at each side. Border policemen at the checking posts. A Palestinian car waits for documents to be checked. Each delay causes a line of cars.

In Huwwara village main road  4 army cars patrolling.

An army car is parked at the checkpoints of Yitzhar and Burin.

A guard is on duty at the ascent to Bracha settlement. Another guard is posted opposite the hitching post.

At Itamar an army vehicle is opposite the entrance.

7.40 Beit Furik.An army vehicle is parked under the sentry tower. The soldiers are polite and explain that the reinforced army presence is because of the start of the Jewish school year.  Not in honor of the Muslim holiday.

Awarta.The iron yellow bar still blocks the entrance to Nablus.

7.50 Huwwara checkpoint. No army presence at the checkpoint.

8.10 Za’tara/Tapuach.  Little traffic and the border police hardly disturb the stream of traffic.