Awarta, Azzun Atma, Huwwara, Shomron crossing, Burin/Yitzhar, Za'tara/Tapuach, Thur. 10.10.13 morning

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Observing & reporting Esti A. & Navah E., Translator: Natanya translating.


In the Nablus vicinity there is nothing new. Everyone is waiting for the holiday, the olive harvest and the rain.

06.25 Azzun AtmaCP. It has been a long time since we have seen such a long line. About 40 workers are waiting.

6 young men who had snuck through the fence had been caught and were waiting for their IDs next to the checking post. They just want to go home but have to take their punishment for not having work permits.

Three windows are open and the pace is reasonable though the line is long.

Shomron crossing.No police at the exit from Israel. A long line of settlers going to work are crossing.

06.55 Za’tara/Tapuach:Border police are checking a small van. There are few cars on the road so there is no line.

Yitzhar/Burin CP.No army activity.

07.25 Beit Furik.The checkpoint is empty and there is no army presence.

An army vehicle is parked at the entrance to the village. It is not clear why this is so.

Awarta.The yellow bar blocks the passage.

07.35 Huwwara.The checkpoint is not manned. Now that the holiday is over the soldiers once again stand guard at the entrance to ascent to Bracha settlrmrnt and at the hiking post. (There is one soldier for every settler).

07.45 Za’tara/Tapuach CP.No checking at the posts. In the parking lot a woman soldier in charge of the dog is organizing herself. It is evident that the traffic will be delayed during the day.

Shomron crossing.

The hours are according to Israeli time. In Palestine the winter clock is in use and they sleep another hour.