'Azzun 'Atma, Habla, Huwwara, Za'tara (Tapuah)

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Petahya and a guest Translator: Charles K.
Seriously? Does this make us safer?

Habla, Huwwara, Beit Furiq, Za’tara, Azzun Atma, Tuesday, 12.11.13, afternoon

13:45  Habla.  The crossing was open, no Palestinians were going through and the soldiers were bored, almost asleep or playing with their iPhones (lucky there are iPhones to help pass the time).


14:30  A Hummer with soldiers parked opposite the entrance to Jit village and heavy traffic of military vehicles in the Jit-Qedumim area.


14:45  No soldiers at Huwwara; nothing unusual at Beit Furiq.


15:30  Za’tara junction.  The checkpoint was manned; dogs helped with inspections.  A Palestinian who didn’t want to identify himself approached when we arrived to tell us that on Monday, November 11, soldiers at the Za’tara checkpoint took a young, female Palestinian student from Tal village (located about 100 meters north of the Huwwara checkpoint) into custody.  They assaulted her, knocked her down, kicked and cursed her.  They handcuffed her and put her in a police car.  The Palestinian managed to photograph the incident; he sent the photos to Al-Ittihad; on Wedesday, November 13, I saw them in the paper, which reported that she had been transferred to the Sharon prison – “accused of attempting to stab a soldier at the checkpoint.”


We drove on to Azzun Atma; the time was 16:20.  Most of the laborers were just arriving, the congestion was terrible, one booth was open and three soldiers stood off to the side.  They said there wasn’t enough manpower.