'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 19.7.12, Morning

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Estie A. Naveh E. observing and reporting
Seriously? Does this make us safer?

Natanya translating.



6.15 Azzun Atma. On the way to Elkana settlement we saw a lorries' convoy delivering new prefabricated houses.

At the checkpoint is a crowded group of over 50 workers. There are three checking posts – 2 with computers and one by hand and this does not solve the length of the queue. The workers say that they wait over an hour.  The latest “improvement”: those who have parcels have to put them in the corner next to the gate and after they show their documents they go back through the car gate for the parcels and go back toward the exit with their parcels to be checked.

6.35The agricultural gate is open and a long line of workers walk towards the main road.

7.30 The Shomron crossing.No police at the exit from Israel. The passage to Israel is very crowded.

7.50 Za’tara/Tapuach CP.  Border police at the checking posts. The road is empty of cars.

Yitzhar/Burin CP.  No army activity.

Awarta.  The yellow bar is locked and bars the passage.

Beit Furik.No soldiers and the traffic flows.  We did not see a soldier in the tower.

8.30 Huwwara CP.  We saw no soldiers in the area of the checkpoint.

Going up towards Bracha settlement there is a soldier. Another one at the hitching post across the road.

Burin/Yizthar.  No army activity.

Za’tara/Tapuach CP.  Border police at the post but they do not interfere with the traffic.

Shomron crossing.The checking is superficial as usual.