'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Burin (Yitzhar), Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 13.9.12, Morning

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Observing and reporting: Esti A., Nava E.

Translator:  Charles K


Palestinian children have returned to school; the roads are crowded.


06:25  Azzun Atma: – Your military budget at work:  construction and road-paving at the checkpoint, which doesn’t help people cross more quickly.  Just the opposite – today the revolving gate isn’t working and the laborers cross through the fenced gate.

Many, many soldiers on site, but their commander won’t assign two of them to write down the names of those leaving – even though the line is long and the wait is over an hour.  He’s very afraid that people blacklisted by the Shin Bet will take advantage of the opportunity and cross to work even though the Shin Bet has its eye on them.


The drivers outside tell us that yesterday was really terrible; some laborers simply turned around and returned home after waiting for hours.


Shomron crossing:  No police at the exit from Israel.


06:50  Za’tara/Tapuach:  We didn’t see soldiers at the positions.  Very little traffic.

A Border Police vehicle opposite the entrance to Beita.


Yitzhar/Burin checkpoint:  No military activity.


07:25  Beit Furik:  Two Naha”l soldiers, from the company stationed on the hill at Alon Moreh, stand in the shade of the pillbox.  They don’t interfere with the flow of traffic.


We spoke with one of the villagers about the report in Ha’aretz, according to which the villagers are again able to reach their lands threatened by settlers from Yitzhar.  He says that won’t really help his family because their land is in an area not guarded by the army.  He fears they won’t be able to harvest their olives this year either.


07:30  Awarta:  The yellow metal bar is still locked, blocking passage.


07:35  Huwwara:  We saw no soldiers anywhere at the checkpoint.


A soldier at the road up to Beracha.  We didn’t see a soldier at the hitchhiking station across the road.


Burin/Yitzhar  No military activity.


Heavy traffic in Huwwara.


07:45  Za’tara/Tapuach  We didn’t see any soldiers.  Traffic flows without interference.