'Awarta, 'Azzun 'Atma, Beit Furik, Huwwara, Shomron Crossing, Za'tara (Tapuah), Thu 12.9.13, Morning

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Observers and reporters: Esti A., and Na'ava E. Translator: Hanna K.



Did you notice that on New Year this year there was no curfew?No fear, it will return tomorrow, because of Yom Kippur.


06.25 Azzun Atma: Eight Palestinians sit near the barrier and wait. They were caught by the soldiers when they passed through the fence by way of one of the gaps. Some has work permits, and according to them they preferred to pass through the gap, as they didn't wish to wait in the queue. The soldiers collected the ID cards and the permits. They will probably not work today. According to the soldiers the intention is to confiscate the work permits. Is this allowed?


While these are waiting the motion towards the gaps continutes. The few soldiers on the spot are unable to watch the fence and its existence becomes a farce.


From the direction of the village two European young women approach the gate – a Finnish girl and a Swiss girl, both of whom work with the Ecumenics. They were interested in the procedure of the busses which return Palestinian workers from Israel to the Territories. We  noticed that we hadn't heard anything about this for a long time. Was the problem solved?


The Shomron crossing: There is no police at the  way out from Israel.


07:10  Za'tara/Tapuah: there are no soldiers at the CP. Near the square traffic policemen in black uniforms bearing arms, detain a loaded Palestinian truck. We didn't manage to find out what the problem was.


The Yitzhar/Burin CPs: There is no military activity.


07:45 Beit Furik: There is no military presence at the CP.


In the village things are as usual, we tried to collect reactions to the political negotiations or to what goes on in Syria and got nothing but evasive replies: We are not interested in politics….


Awarta: The yellow are blocks the passage.


07:50 Huwwara:  The CP isn't manned. Near the Beraha hitch-hikers station there is a police vehicle. A policewoman and a soldiers observe the traffic near the square.


The Yitzhar/Burin CPs: there are no soldiers.


08:15 Za'tara/Tapuah: the positions aren't manned. On the parking lot there are a few border-policemen going about their business.


Shomron crossing: lively traffic.


On road no. 5 a longer traffic-jam than usual.