'Azzun 'Atma, Habla, Huwwara, Thu 24.1.13, Afternoon
Translator: Charles K.
A holiday in Palestine: The Prophet Muhammad’s birthday
There are usually many vehicles on Thursday afternoon, but not today.
13:55 Habla checkpoint– A female MP says the DCO
won’t allow into Habla two horses that two Israelis
are leading to the gate. The Israelis say the horses’
owners are waiting on the other side of the nearby
gate to Habla. We call the humanitarian office and
the Tulkarm DCO: Tedesa explains that animals can
go through only at the Eliyahu gate because they
need the type of permits required at an international
The note with information on the checkpoint’s hours that had been stuck on the gate, is gone.
14:10 Eliyahu crossing– Police are present.
14:45 Huwwara checkpoint– A structure resembling
an ancient tomb is under construction in the plaza
before the checkpoint. It’s certainly not intended
No soldiers at the vehicle inspection locations.
Light traffic to and from Nablus. A soldier on
guard where the hitchhikers stand at the
entrance to the Beracha settlement, and another in the guard tower opposite the hitchhiking station at the settlement’s exit.
15:20 Za’tara checkpoint– Border police soldiers at the checkpoint. The inspection booths aren’t manned.
15:40 – Azzun Atma checkpoint– Only a few laborers returning home (because of the holdity).