'Einabus, Haris, Huwwara, Jama'in, Kifl Harith, Qira

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Natalie Cohen, Naomi Bentzur (reporting), Nadim (driving) Translator: Charles K.


09:00  We left from the Rosh Ha’ayin train station.


09:30  We reached Hars.  Light traffic along the way; we see no military vehicles.


09:45  Nine women start learning Hebrew today with Naomi.  To ease their entry into the new language and demonstrate similarities between Arabic and Hebrew we begin with the numbers 1-10, male and female.  After this soft landing the women themselves begin looking for similarities between words in both languages and enthusiastically participate in the lesson – with great success.

They ask us to alternate teaching Hebrew and English – two weeks of each.


Our tour of the area:  We drove from Hars to Kifl Hars, then to Qira, Zeita, Jama’in and Einabus.  All the villages were quiet, the checkpoints open, no soldiers visible.


10:35  Huwwara.  Two police vehicles are parked at the checkpoint.  Police special patrol forces in black uniforms stop two Palestinian minibuses and inspect IDs.  The passengers are then allowed to continue on their way.  We saw no military personnel at the checkpoint itself.


10:45  Tapuach junction.  Two soldiers sit at the bus stop.  We see three in the guard tower.


11:10  Back to Hars.


11:30  Class ends.  Back to Rosh Ha’ayin.